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Governor and Mayors Keeping an Eye on Snow Storm

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by ABC6 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

The battle against Mother Nature is already underway.

Side walks being cleared. And highways being treated with ice melt to make them passable.

"It's a normal, storm, but we want to make sure everybody safe. And our crews are ready. We want to make sure they are able to clear the roads efficiently," said Governor Lincoln Chafee (D) Rhode Island.

The governor is holding periodic conference calls with key department heads - including the State Police - and Department of Transportation.

ABC6 News Reporter Mark Curtis said, "While the Governor will be keeping an eye on emergency operations from here at the State House, or the EMA, other Rhode Island leaders will be doing the same in their communities."

The main goal is to keep everyone safe; make timely decisions on school closings; and making sure the roads get cleared.

"We got that salt and sand mix ready. We're loading up the trucks. We made sure the blades were sharpened. Everything that we need to do. All the equipment was gassed so you know we're going to be prepared as the storm rolls through," said Mayor Allan Fung (R) Cranston.

While clearing snow is the priority now, temperatures may plunge below zero Friday night.

"The cold weather coming after it is really the biggest concern. And so we have to make sure that everybody's prepared. There are going to be some very, very bitter temperatures as forecast."

And while it may be a cliché, the best advice is - if you don't have to be out - then don't go out.


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