Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Department of Health is asking private well owners to boil their water as a safety precaution.
The following is from a press release. Due to the excessive snow from the winter storm and from rainfall on Monday, some private wells may be impacted. The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reminds Rhode Islanders who lost water pressure or have a flooded well head (surrounded by water), to take steps to ensure the safety of drinking water: For more information visit www.health.ri.gov/drinkingwaterquality/for/privatewellowners/ or call the Health Information Line at 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Motorists are asked to get off the roads as the storm intensifies. Up to 30 inches are of snow is possible in some areas.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee has declared a state of emergency, as forecasted snowfall totals continue to increase. Parts of Rhode Island — including Newport — could see as much as 24 inches of snow by the time the storm abates tomorrow afternoon. Newport residents should be getting off the roads as the storm picks up steam. There is a very good chance Newport will see 2 feet of snow, according to the National Weather Service, but areas from Providence and points north could potentially get 30 inches. "We have a very serious storm approaching," Chafee said. "I encourage all Rhode Islanders to take this seriously. This is a major storm. Be prepared." The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is urging motorists to get off the roads and stay …
The incoming winter storm is officially the Blizzard of 2013.
The National Weather Service upgraded the winter to a blizzard watch on Thursday morning. The NWS predicts snow accumulation of 18 to 24 inches. Snow is expected to begin on Friday morning and increase in intensity by the afternoon. Around the coast, the snow could switch to rain in the afternoon, which would impact accumulation. Strong winds of possible hurricane force are also expected Friday night into Saturday. Wind speeds could reach 25-35 mph, with gusts up to 75 mph. NWS warns that travel may become nearly impossible due to blowing and drifting snow. What is a Blizzard? A blizzard watch means there is a potential for considerable falling and/or blowing snow, explains the NWS. Winds or gusts are over 35 mph and visibilities …