Friday, February 8, 2013
Stay up to date with the latest on this weekend's blizzard.
Get all the latest forecasts, closings, cancellations and more on the major blizzard bearing down on Johnston Friday into Saturday. Sunday, Feb. 10— 4:50 p.m.: Classes are cancelled Monday, Feb. 11, the Johnston School Department announced Sunday afternoon. 2:10 p.m.: The worst seems to be over. Now it's playtime! Going sledding? Building a giant snowman? Share your post-storm photos with Patch. 12 p.m.: The heavy snow could wreak havoc on rooves. Find out how to clear them off here. 9 a.m.: Most electricity has been restored in town, according to National Grid's Power Outage Map. Just a few scattered pockets of outages remain. Saturday, Feb. 9— 9:05 a.m.: Key town personnel have been meeting throughout the storm and will do so again at …
Get off the highway. That's the message from state officials.
As blizzard conditions worsen and winds begin to pick up, Governor Lincoln Chafee has restricted motor vehicle travel on several major highways beginning at 5 p.m. tonight. The highways are: Routes I-95, I-195, RI-146, RI-24 and I-295. The restriction will continue until further notice. Exceptions are being made for the following: Click HERE for the latest storm-related news and updates affecting Cranston residents. Want the latest breaking Cranston-specific news sent to you automatically? Subscribe to the Cranston Patch daily and breaking newsletters! Follow Cranston Patch on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates, photos and more.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Is the grocery store out of bread? Are people packing the local hardware store? Take a picture of how residents are preparing for the storm and upload it here!
Are you rushing around today to get everything done before the blizzard named Nemo arrives Friday? Are you busy running to Stop & Shop in classic New England fashion and buying your milk, bread and canned goods? Are you heading to the new Home Depot to pick up a new shovel or salt? Or, maybe you're a Department of Public Works employee getting the plow ready? We want to see what you're up to today or what you see in town! Post your photos of what you see in the stores or on the streets to our media gallery by clicking the green "upload photos" button above! What are you planning to buy to wait out the blizzard? Tell us in the comment section below!
Johnston could get up to 2 feet of snow from what the National Weather Service is calling a 'potentially historic winter storm.'
Rhode Island, including Johnston, is under a Winter Storm and Blizzard Watch, effective Friday morning into Saturday, with as much as 2 feet of snow expected. Snow is expected to begin Friday morning, possibly mixing with rain briefly in the afternoon, before returning Friday night to heavy, wet snow that could fall at a rate of up to 3 inches an hour, according to the National Weather Service. The height of the storm is expected to hit late Friday night into Saturday morning, continuing into the afternoon Saturday. Forecasts are currently calling for 12-25 inches in the Johnston area, but accumulations depend on where the snow/rain line end up. Stay tuned with Johnston Patch for the latest information on the weather and any closings and …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Estimates vary widely on how much snow to expect Friday night.
Local and national forecasters agree on one thing, at least — there's the potential for a major winter storm Friday night into Saturday. Keep an eye on updated weather conditions with the Johnston Patch Weather Page. But whether Johnston gets the foot-plus being predicted in some places, or just a just dusting, remains the topic of widely-varying speculation. Of course, talk of snow during the 35th anniversary of the Blizzard of '78 could also inflate expectations. As of 8:20 am Wednesday, the three Rhode Island TV stations had somewhat different takes on the approaching storm. WPRI 12's Tony Petrarca wrote on his Weather Blog that he expects the snow to start Friday morning and last into Saturday, but added that "it's difficult at this …