Here Comes The Snow

                     Rhode Island Department of Transportation has gotten its practice runs in with the two little systems this week, but tomorrows storm will be a bigger challenge. As for preparations, the Department of Transportation says it's in a pretty good spot. But this is expected to be the most snow we've had so far this winter, so it's going to be an all hands on deck operation.

                    While most of us are sound asleep tonight, nearly 450 plowers will be scraping the roads.

                   “It looks like Saturday we'll have as much personnel as possible that we can pull in,” said Joseph Baker of RIDOT.

                     Baker says crews will start heading in around 4 or 5 o'clock Saturday morning to get the equipment ready.

                     “Our trucks can come in load up their trucks with the sand and salt and get out to their posts on the state roads,” said Baker.

                      Since we've already had two snowfalls this week, the roads are in pretty good shape. Sand and salt is already layered on the streets. Roughly 90 state workers will be plowing this snow storm, as well as an extra 350 vendors, the trucks you see with their own plows on the front.

                      There's a lot of work to be done, but Baker says this snow couldn't have come at a better time.

                       He said, “Saturdays often have a lot less traffic than the weekdays but there is still a lot of traffic out there so if you are able to stay home we recommend it.”

                       There are currently 24 cities and towns with parking bans in effect for tonight and tomorrow.

                       For information on these bans, click on the “Closings and Cancellations” banner on our website.