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A Tale of Two Storms: Massachusetts Far Worse Than Rhode Island

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by ABC6 Reporter Mark Curtis


For the second straight day they were digging out in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

By mid–Friday 19 inches had fallen and people were getting a bit weary.

John Souza, a Mansfield resident said, "It can stop now. I'm done. I'm done. I was done last night, but…"

The plows were out, cars were buried, and kids had a snow day from school.

School kid Dustin Danneker said, "Sometimes I just stay inside, and sometimes I make snow angels."

Others tried to cope the best they could, even making jokes about the timing.

Scott Morrison, a Mansfield resident said, "It's St. Patrick's Day next week, what are we going to do about the parade. Ha, ha, ha"

But this storm was random. While Mansfield got 19 inches; just 20 miles away in East Providence, it was only five inches; and just minutes south in Warwick, barely two inches fell.

ABC6 Reporter Mark Curtis said, "As has been the case the past couple of days here in Rhode Island, the real problem has been the winds and the visibility, and not the snow accumulation.

Rhode Island highways and roads are more wet than slushy, but as temperatures fall, conditions can get icy and dangerous.

Joe Baker from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation said, "It's going to take a while for them to dry off, so we'll like still have crews out there throughout the evening, treating with salt and sand where needed, and we'll put the plow blades back down if we need them as well."

Rhode Islanders counting their blessings, that they didn't get hit as hard as Massachusetts.


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