We know you want to see more blizzard photos! This is a bit of a different take, before & afters.
See the full set of before & afters.
The third part of the photos readers have been sending us over the duration of the storm.
Yellow Jackets working hard in PPAC Square clearing snow.
The second part of the photos readers have been sending us over the duration of the storm. This set shows some of the day after.
I’m seeing a lot of bellyaching on social media about streets not being plowed yet. While, my street is showing signs of blacktop, I feel others pain, but. We got walloped with feet of snow drifting to amazing proportions. There are hundreds of thousands, probably millions of tons of snow that need to be removed from hundreds of miles of roads. This is not something that just happens in a day or two, or more.
What does annoy me, is snow removal done wrong. The Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (of which I am a member) has discussed with Providence EMA the problem of plows piling snow at the corners of blocks, which then makes it impossible for abutters to comply with snow removal regulations. And while like I said, we’re dealing with a monumental amount of snow, that really has few places to go, I’m seeing a lot of signs around the few parts of the city that I’ve been able to reach this weekend, signs that this continues to happen.
While the photo above is from Pawtucket, not Providence, it illustrates the problem well. My friend who took the photo asked the workers who were dumping the snow if the abutter here would receive a fine and was told: ‘if they talked to city hall they wouldn’t get a fine.’
Well, that is nice for the pocketbook of the abutter (though, ‘talk to City Hall,’ is a rather vague directive), it sucks for all the people who now have to walk in East Avenue because the sidewalk will be closed for weeks.
The first part of the photos readers have been sending us over the duration of the storm. This first group starts with some from Friday as the storm got started.
Atwells Avenue is closed at Dean Street due to a gas leak. Dean Street appears to still be open to through traffic, but no traffic is being allowed from Dean onto Atwells. Pedestrians are being allowed through, and no evacuations have been ordered.
↑ Right Weather has updated their storm map with higher totals than the one above!
Amtrak Northeast Service Advisories.
BREAKING: Gov Chafee has restricted travel on I-95, I-195, I-295, RI 146, RI 24 starting at 5pm. #snowRI
— Ted Nesi (@tednesi) February 8, 2013
Travel bans go into effect in Massachusetts and Connecticut Friday at 4pm. Authorized personnel only on roadways.
Service NYP to BOS disrupted 2/8 due to predicted winter storm. Some connecting services also impacted. Details at amtrak.com.
— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNEC) February 7, 2013
National Grid Power Outage Map
Report an Outage: 1-800-465-1212
For text alerts send STORM to NGRID (64743)
Please be advised that cars left on the road in PVD will be towed. Just one car left on a street can keep it from being plowed. #PVDsnow
— Angel Taveras (@Angel_Taveras) February 8, 2013
— Rhode Island EMA (@RhodeIslandEMA) February 8, 2013
State of Emergency declared in Rhode Island.
Blizzard Warning 6am Friday to 1pm Saturday.
The short message about tomorrow (and Saturday, and probably Sunday too) is STAY HOME!
Of course, I’m planning to go to work for a while Friday, so practice what I preach, not so much.
What you need to know.