A winter storm is forecast for Charlestown and the rest of the North East for Saturday, January 23. Over the last few days the projected snow totals have gone from 8 inches to 5 to 3 to 1, back up to 8 inches, and as of Friday night 6 inches are projected.
We think you probably won’t need these for this weekend’s storm, but some good information to know for this or any storm is:
- You can report or track power outages at https://www1.nationalgridus.com/PowerOutageMap-RI-RES
- You can also report a power outage by phone at 1-800-465-1212
- Call 911 if you have a true emergency other than a power outage
- Police Dispatcher (401) 364-1212
- South County DOT cameras showing road conditions and traffic
- Emergency/Warming Centers will not be opened unless they are needed.
- During snow storms there is a parking ban on town roads to allow the road crews to plow and sand roads.
If we do get a lot of snow, consider snow shoeing or cross country skiing on any of Charlestown’s many outdoor trails after the storm is over.
Update from The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA)
“We could see heavy snow and very strong winds associated with the predicted winter storm,” said RIEMA Director Peter Gaynor. “Therefore we will be activating the State Emergency Operations Center in a monitoring capacity beginning Saturday morning in an effort to coordinate with state agencies and local emergency management directors and, if needed, respond to incidents due to the storm. We will also continue to receive updates from the National Weather Service. For additional information visit the RIEMA website at www.riema.ri.gov for situational updates and preparedness information.”
TIMING: Snow beginning early morning Saturday between 7-9 AM and coming to an end Sunday morning, between 5-8 AM.
ACCUMULATIONS: Snow accumulations of 5-7 inches are predicted for Southern Rhode Island (Newport, Washington Counties). Central Rhode Island is expected to receive 3-5 inches, while Northern Rhode Island could see 1-3 inches.
WINDS: Strong to damaging winds are expected to be associated with the storm. Southern Rhode Island could experience Northeast winds up to 45-50 mph, while winds of 25-35 mph are expected for the rest of the state.
TRAVEL: Expect hazardous travel conditions, starting Saturday afternoon into the due to slick roadways and poor visibilities. As temperatures drop, road conditions may deteriorate as the precipitation freezes, creating icy roads in areas where the surface is exposed and not covered in snow.