Saturday, February 9, 2013
The Saturday suspension of mail delivery debate applies to today: but not because of USPS budget problems!
You may be wondering if there'll be any new mail in your mailbox today (that is, if you can even make it to your mailbox, with all this snow.) The answer is that mail service in all of New England — not just Rhode Island — has been suspended, according to the Huffington Post. The ban extends throughout all six New England states. The unusual decision was made due to safety concerns, according to Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas. The decision came after over two feet of snow falling throughout much of New England made many roads impassable, she said. Dugas reminded people to clear around their mailboxes or paths to their homes by Monday, when mail delivery will resume.
Will you need help shoveling after the storm? Or, are you offering shoveling services? Let's try and help out our Newport neighbors during the blizzard.
Will you need shoveling out after the storm? Are you a student looking to make some money shoveling today or tomorrow? Let's get a list started of people offering shoveling/plow services. I've already heard from a few on Newport Patch's Facebook page. Here's a few individuals offering shoveling services: Michael Gonsalves i am offering to shovel Alison Peter Im at the corner of Van Zandt/Malbone and offering in my area. Donald Gardner im in the gould street area...inbox me for shoveling work Katie Bryer Anyone who needs shoveling work my boyfriend will work in the neighborhood behind dunkin donuts Don'el Pemberton Ill shovel any where Donel pemberton 4012668084. Fair prices Christina Rescia Snow plow call CHARLIE 401-261-4686 Newport …
Thanks to the blizzard, Newport is expecting up to 24 inches of snow this weekend. See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows snowfall in the past 24 hours. It is updated every 6 hours. This is not a map showing overall snow depth: It only tracks the amount of snow that has fallen in the past day. The map is centered around the red marker, which is in the middle of Newport Patch's coverage area. Stay with Patch for up-to-date information throughout the storm. Follow along on Newport's Patch's Winter Storm Center for updates throughout. Want to get the day's top headlines in your email each morning? Sign up for our newsletter.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Company Urges ‘Safety First’ in the Event of Damaging Winds; Heavy Wet Snow; Crews and Equipment Prepped in Advance of Blizzard Strength Front
Thursday, February 7
The following information has been issued by National Grid. With a severe winter storm on the way that weather forecasters already are calling a storm of historic proportions, National Grid has started preparing for widespread, prolonged power outages that could result from the predicted blizzard-like conditions. Although the path of the storm still is being monitored, crew assignments are being developed and equipment readied in anticipation of harsh weather. “We continue to monitor the weather and are taking action now to be able to respond quickly and safely to potential outages that could occur. Our pre-planning activities are in anticipation of a very damaging storm,” said Kathy Lyford, vice president, New England Operations. “We …
RIEMA reported they are preparing for the possibility of a major Nor’easter that could begin this Friday lasting into Saturday morning.
At 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the Rhode Island Emergency Management (RIEMA) reported they are preparing for the possibility of a major Nor’easter that could begin this Friday lasting into Saturday morning. Stay current on the storm: sign up for our breaking news emails Early predictions are for snow to begin Friday afternoon and lasting until Saturday morning. There may be as much as 10-18 inches of snow in some Rhode Island areas including south coast region. In addition, high winds are expected beginning Friday night, increasing with gust to 50-60 along the coast. There is only minor coastal flooding that is expected at this time. Related Stories
Where were you when the storm hit? Stroll down memory lane — and post your photos!
I was just 6 years old when the Blizzard of '78 hit Rhode Island — old enough to know that it was a big storm, but too young to understand the true impact of it. At the time, I was living in a house on Hillside Avenue in Johnston, at the bottom of a hill near the Manton Avenue Bridge — which meant that all the snow blew down toward my house, burying the front door. Luckily, it was a two-story house, so we could climb out the upstairs window to get out — and get a view of the huge snowfall. Once the storm was over, we dug out from the door, leaving a snow tunnel to the driveway that — in my six-year-old memory, anyway — didn't seem to melt away until Memorial Day. And ever since — like nearly every Rhode Islander alive at the time — I …
This will allow trucks to collect material before the snow impacts collection.
The Newport Public Services Department’s Clean City Program would like to alert Newport residents that the city’s contracted hauler, Waste Management, will be starting the trash and recycling routes an hour early on Friday at 6 a.m. to ensure that routes are able to be completed in a timely manner before the snow storm impacts collection. Residents that have Friday collection day should put their trash out after 7 p.m. on Thursday or by 5:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Please remove your trash barrels and recycling bins as soon as possible after collection to ensure that the snow plows can come through safely. Any change or delay in collection will be posted on the city’s website at www.cityofnewport.com, or you may call the Clean City …