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First snowfall of the season to impact travel Thursday evening

Winter Weather

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — With the first snow of the season expected to create slick road conditions Thursday evening, police are urging drivers to take it slow.

The Pinpoint Weather Team expects we’ll see a coating of 1-3″ of snow and sleet from 4-7 p.m. Thursday. The wintry mix will eventually turn into rain, which may cause the roads to be slippery.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued starting 4 p.m. Thursday and ending at 1 a.m. Friday.

Rhode Island State Police on Wednesday reminded commuters to be extra careful when driving during that time frame, especially on highway ramps, bridges and side roads.

Police offered the following tips for driving in snow or ice:

  • Clear windows, mirrors, headlights and taillights of frost and snow before driving.
  • Turn on your headlights while driving, even during the day, to improve visibility.
  • Allow extra space between vehicles.
  • Wear your seatbelt to protect yourself in the event of a crash.
  • Slow down and allow extra time for turning and braking, especially on untreated surfaces.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on wet, icy or snow-covered roads.

“With winter approaching, we encourage everyone to pay attention to weather conditions and use extra care when driving,” Assumpico added. “Take it slow and follow the rules of the road to keep yourself and your passengers safe.”

Meanwhile, Providence Department of Public Works Acting Director Antonio Morabito said there are several salt piles ready to be put into use once the roads become slippery. He also said crews will clear storm drains to prevent street flooding.

“We’ve got leaves on the ground, it gets mixed up with the snow and if it freezes it makes it much more difficult,” Morabito said.

This is the first snowfall in November in several years. Last year, the first day of accumulating snow was Dec. 9. The last time the first snowfall of the season happened in November was in 2014.

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