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Providence schools closed on Monday, parking bans starts at 12:01am Monday, trash/recycling collection delayed one day.

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Providence Public Schools Closed Tomorrow, Monday Feb. 9, 2015

Citywide Parking Ban in Effect at 12:01 AM on Monday – Garbage and Recycling Collection on Holiday Schedule

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced a series of actions in response to a winter storm expected to escalate in the early hours of Monday, February 9 and continue through the day.

Providence Public Schools and afterschool activities are canceled Monday, February 9, 2015. City Recreation Centers will be closed Monday as well.

A citywide parking ban will go into effect at 12:01AM on Monday, February 9 and remain in effect until further notice. Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed.

Garbage and recycling pickup in Providence will proceed on a holiday schedule. Monday’s garbage and recycling pick-up will take place on Tuesday and all pick-up for the rest of the week will take place a day later with Friday’s pick-up taking place on Saturday.

“This has already been a historic snow season in Providence. More snow is on the way and our crews will continue to work around the clock to clear our streets and sidewalks. Our determination to make life and business in our city as convenient as possible will not waiver,” said Mayor Elorza.

The Department of Public Works has prepared all equipment and personnel to respond to the storm. The Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will begin a partial activation of the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 6AM on Monday.

The City’s snow hotline will open at 6 AM Monday at 401-680-8080.

Residents experiencing power outages should contact National Grid at 800-322-3223.

Individuals are warned never to touch downed power lines and report downed lines to National Grid. In the event of an emergency always dial 911.

Property owners are urged to clear snow blocking vents to prevent a potentially fatal buildup of carbon monoxide.

Don’t Block the Box

To prevent traffic congestion, motorists on the roads during tomorrow’s snowstorm are urged not to ‘block the box.’ Even if the light turns green, do not enter an intersection unless you are confident you will be able to travel through it before the light turns red again.

Per state law, drivers of motor vehicles shall not enter an intersection whether or not any traffic signal is green unless there is sufficient space in the roadway to move completely through the intersection. Violators are subject to fines.

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