Providence Prepared for Snow

[ 2 ] December 18, 2008 |

The City of Providence posts information and recommendations in advance of the major snow storm expected tomorrow, Friday, December 19th. Please keep an eye on the forecast for changes by visiting the National Weather Service.Providence Snowstorm

Providence city officials are closely coordinating storm preparations and response with Rhode Island E.M.A. and are in contact with area employers through the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Officials are asking for assistance to keep roads clear during the storm to minimize motor vehicles accidents and congestion. Reduced traffic will allow emergency vehicles to move freely during the storm and help to ensure that roads are plowed and treated for weekend holiday activities after the storm.

Important city government and schools information:
– The Providence Schools (as well as many area schools) have cancelled school and all school-related activities for Friday, December 19th.
– A parking ban will go into effect beginning at 9 a.m. Automobiles parked on City streets will be ticketed after that time. Towing will begin soon after.
– In case of emergency, residents should call 911. Providence Police can be reached at 272-3121. For other snow-related matters, residents should call the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services at 421-2489(CITY).

Recommendations for residents:
– Residents are urged to stay off the roads if possible tomorrow after 12 noon;
– Drivers are urged to do the following: keep fuel tanks filled, make sure windshield wipers are working, have a small shovel in the vehicle, have sand or kitty litter available for traction, have a flashlight with fresh batteries available, and a first aid kit;
– During the storm, keep children away from roadways and do not let them play in snow banks made by plows.
– Though power outages are not anticipated for this storm, should power outages occur, please contact National Grid at 1-800-465-1212. Do not approach any downed utility line. Report downed wires to the Providence Fire Department by calling 401-274-3344.
– Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has been in contact with Crossroads. Any homeless person needing assistance should contact Crossroads for assistance. They may be reached at 521-2255.
– For additional information on severe weather and hazards that could threaten our city, please visit the Providence EMA website at

Photo source: Richard Benjamin Providence Collection

Category: local ri area, seasonal

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. calendar katharine says:

    i hope we get to use your sledding list–not a speck of snow yet…1:00PM…keeping our fingers crossed. thanks for the list!

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