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'Historic' Blizzard Bearing Down on E.P.

Just about all weather prognosticators indicate that Winter Storm Nemo will probably rank among New England's top snowstorms.

A snowstorm that all weather forecasters are describing as being of possible “historic” proportions in southern New England is bearing down on East Providence this morning. 

Dubbed Winter Storm Nemo, the blizzard is expected to dump from 1 to 2 feet of snow on us and cause travel nightmares. Strong winds with gusts that could reach 50-60 mph are expected to build massive drifts. The wet snow and strong winds also have the potential for causing numerous power outages.

East Providence’s emergency management office is working with the RI Emergency Management Agency and National Grid on the response to the upcoming major snowstorm, said Wayne Barnes, deputy emergency management agency director. 

Barnes, a meteorologist, said Thursday: “Weather-wise, for the Providence area...a Blizzard Warning is in effect from Friday afternoon through midday Saturday. Light snow Friday morning will become steadier and somewhat heavier after noontime and really pick up for Friday night into early Saturday.

“Northeast winds will be strong with gusts to 50-60 mph Friday night into first thing Saturday. Blizzard conditions are possible during that time period. Expect 3-5 inches by the commute time Friday afternoon, and a total of 15-20 inches with a chance of up to 2 feet. Accumulating snow should be just about done by noon Saturday, any additional after that would be only inch or two. Expect some power outages in the area tomorrow night and Saturday morning.”

The afternoon commute will be poor, said Barnes. Motorists should stay off of the roads tomorrow night and early Saturday.

East Providence schools are closed today, and a parking ban goes into effect at noon. 

"Storm operations will continue as long necessary during the weekend to clear streets and get back to business as usual," said Barnes.

Facebook users can also find updates on the "East Providence Emergency Management Agency" page. Information for East Providence can also be found on the city’s website.

Keep up to date with Winter Storm Nemo Information on Patch.

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