Chafee Declares State of Emergency

Motorists are asked to get off the roads as the storm intensifies. Up to 2 feet of snow is possible in East Providence and winds are expected to accelerate into the early evening.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has declared a state of emergency, as forecasted snowfall totals continue to increase. Parts of Rhode Island could see as much as 30 inches of snow by the time the storm abates tomorrow afternoon. 

East Providence residents should be getting off the roads and hunkering down as the storm picks up steam. There is a very good chance East Providence will see 2 feet of snow, according to wpri.com, with areas from Providence and points north potentially getting more.

"We have a very serious storm approaching," Chafee said. "I encourage all Rhode Islanders to take this seriously. This is a major storm. Be prepared."

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is urging motorists to get off the roads and stay home until the storm ends Saturday afternoon. Road crews throughout the state — including in Barrington — will be working around the clock tonight to keep roads passable for emergency vehicles. 

Visibility is already poor on the highways, and will only worsen as the snow and winds increase throughout the day. Gusts of 60 mph are anticipated throughout the region.

National Grid has warned Rhode Islanders to expect prolonged power outages as the heavy snow and wind could knock down tree limbs and power lines. Crews will have difficulty reaching areas in need of repair as the storm is expected to dump 2-3 inches of snow an hour during its height this evening, into Saturday morning.

Stay with Patch for up-to-date information throughout the storm. Follow along on East Providence Patch's Winter Storm Center for updates throughout.

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