It may be messy but less than an inch of snow accumulation is expected.
We almost made it through February without seeing any more snow, but most parts of Rhode Island may see a dusting and some poor road conditions as we head into the middle of this week. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Rhode Island that will be in effect until 6 p.m. on March 1. Wednesday's forecast calls for rain and snow likely before 3 p.m., turning to snow later on. Less than an inch of snow is predicted, but rain, snow and sleet expected to arrive before 4 a.m. on Thursday may cause slick roads, making morning commutes difficult. So don't break out the snow shovels just yet, but do plan on giving yourself a little extra time getting to and from work on Wednesday and Thursday.
Residents and business owners are responsible for sidewalk clean-up within 24 hours after a storm ends.
Get out those shovels. East Providence City Council members recently enacted an ordinance that requires all residents and businesses to shovel the sidewalk in front of their property within 24 hours following a storm. Failure to shovel the sidewalk will result in a fine of $25 for a first offense, $50 for a second offense, and $100 for a third and subsequent offenses. "The cooperation from all property owners who have a sidewalk to promptly remove and clear the snow and ice from the sidewalk following a storm is greatly appreciated," reads the website. Weather reports estimate four to six inches of snow will fall this weekend. For additional information regarding the ordinance, contact Stephen Coutu, Director of Public Works, 435-7701, or …