Friday, March 8, 2013
Just enough snow has fallen over the town to delay classes while crews clear roads.
Head back to bed for an hour. Johnston schools are delayed. The Johnston School Department announced the delay early this morning to allow crews to clear the roads. The department has also cancelled morning kindergarten. More snow should continue to fall over the town through Friday morning, wrapping up in the afternoon. Forecasts are still calling for around 4-6 inches in Johnston when all's said and done. The snow won't stick around for long though. High temperatures are expected to approach 40 this afternoon, 45 Saturday and 50 Sunday. We may see 60 degrees by Tuesday. How much snow fell in your backyard? Let us know in the comments section below.
Even before this latest winter storm, the town had depleted its snow removal budget and gone $10,000 in the red.
Even before the flakes started falling in this latest winter storm, the town of Johnston had already exceeded its snow removal budget and gone $10,000 in the red. Snowstorm after snowstorm have eaten away Johnston's $175,000 budget for snow removal and road treatment, Mayor Joseph Polisena said Thursday. The town has spent more than $184,000 so far this season, and winter isn't giving the town any breaks as the latest storm was expected to drop as much as 8 inches on the town. Polisena said he will have to look at the town budget and find a way to move funds from other line items. There's no way of knowing how much further the town will go into the red, Polisena said. Every storm has a different price tag. "It all depends on the snow, how…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
National Grid has secured more than 230 contractor line crews to assist company crews in restoring power, which could be interrupted as a result of the storm.
Snow began early Thursday and morning and will continue through Friday. Street parking is prohibited through noon Saturday.
Snow began falling over the town in the wee hours this morning as the large nor'easter expected to last through Friday is underway. The Johnston Police Department has issued a parking ban throughout the town, according to the mayor's office. It is in effect through noon Saturday. Forecasts have been all over the place with this storm, with some forecasters calling for a couple inches, while others say close to a foot is possible. Johnston is close to the line between lots of snow and a mix of snow and rain. Most seem to think the town is in the 4-8 inch range. Heavy winds will accompany the snow, gusting as high as 50 mph, potentially causing power outages, especially late this afternoon and evening. Snow began early Thursday morning, and…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Details about a snow forecast continue to change, but Johnston is now forecast to get up to a foot ... or just 3 inches.
The forecast for a quick developing, yet slow-moving, nor’easter continues to change, but the storm is now projected to start in Johnston in the wee hours of Thursday morning, continuing into Friday and dumping as much as a foot of snow on Johnston ... or as little as 3 inches. Snow accumulation predictions vary depending on which forecaster you ask. As of noon Wednesday, WJAR Channel 10 had the most ambitious prediction, placing Johnston squarely in the 6-12 inch range. WPRI Channel 12 expects 3-6 inches in the town — and most of the state. ABC6 agrees, forecasting just 3-6 inches. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of Rhode Island, but has so far declined to make snowfall predications. Travel is …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Don't put away those shovels yet. Much of RI, including Johnston, could see significant accumulation.
Forecasters are keeping their eyes on yet another storm system that may drop more snow on the region. According to officials at the National Weather Service and Accuweather, a storm system is heading toward the East Coast and could shift north, impacting Rhode Island Wednesday night into Friday. Initial predictions are uncertain, but forecasters say the storm may bring heavy snowfall and high winds, especially Thursday afternoon and night. Accuweather is projecting anywhere between 3 to 6 inches for Rhode Island as of Tuesday afternoon. But areas north and west of Providence have a chance of greater accumulation. The mixture of snow could be heavy and wet, combining with high winds, possibly resulting in power outages and downed trees. …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Johnston should see 1-3 inches in the storm that will mostly bring a wintry mix today through Sunday afternoon.
Johnston will see a mix of rain, sleet and snow starting this afternoon, though snow accumulations have diminished in the latestest forecasts. A winter storm warning has been issued for areas north and west of Providence, including Johnston, but just how much snow falls on the town depends on temperatures and how long rain mixes in with the snow. WPRI Channel 12 estimates Johnston will see 1-3 inches of accumulation, though the town is close to the 3-5 inch border. Wet snow and sleet should being early this afternoon, changing over to rain periodically. The mix should change to all snow late Saturday night into Sunday afternoon, continuing in to the afternoon Sunday. Temperatures are expected to range from the high-20s overnight tonight …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Forecasts are all over the place for Johnston, but it looks like much of Rhode Island will be spared major snow totals.
Will Johnston see significant snowfall this weekend or will it be a couple inches with rain mixed in? The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather alert for the weekend as a wintry mix makes its way toward the region. But how much snow Johnston is expected to get depends on who you ask. Forecasts are all over the map. ABC6 is predicting 1-3 inches; WPRI 12 has Johnston on the border between 1-4 and 4-7 inches; NBC 10 predicts "a few inches." The National Weather Service is calling for a half-inch. Snow and rain are expected to begin sometime Saturday afternoon, switching back and forth between all snow, all rain and a mix through the evening. After midnight, it should remain all snow, continuing into Sunday afternoon. …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Johnston could see another 8 inches of snow.
Thursday, February 21
Once again, the snow is melting. But once again, don't put the shovels away. Because once again, the weekend is bringing us more snow. A new snowstorm is headed our way for Saturday and Sunday, which could dump another 8 inches on Johnston, according to WBZ Channel 7 in Boston. The local forecast calls for snow to begin Saturday afternoon, switch to a mix of rain and snow in the evening, and then return to snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service. It should continue snowing into Sunday afternoon, leaving 4-8 inches behind across much of Rhode Island. Snow totals escalate the farther north you go. A foot or more is expected for much of Massachusetts. What's your guess? How much will the third consecutive weekend snowstorm…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
On a scale from A-F, what grade would you give National Grid?
Wednesday, February 13
Friday's blizzard took power across much of Rhode Island, leaving customers in the dark and cold for days. While Johnston didn't experience the widespread, long-term outages, there were pockets of the town that went dark. National Grid managed to restore a majority of Johnston residents' power by Sunday afternoon. We want to know what you thought about the response and restoration efforts. On an A - F scale, what grade would you give National Grid through this winter storm? What did you think about the response? Tell us in the comment section below!