Holiday shoppers beat heavy wind, rain to begin Thursday

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — With heavy wind and heavy rain heading into the weekend, Rhode Islanders aimed to finish their holiday shopping before the storm arrives Thursday.

Southern New England expects rain winds up to 60 miles per hour, with freezing temperatures Saturday.

This could pose dangerous conditions on the roads– impacting last-minute Christmas shoppers.

“Friday was my plan but now I’m not going to come Friday because I think it will be horrible,” said Michelle, a shopper at the Garden City Shopping Center. “I’m a procrastinator in my life, so I work better under pressure.”

Most Rhode Islanders said despite the wind-driven rainstorm, they plan to bear the elements if they need to.

“I don’t love driving in the snow and the rain already, so it’s just kind of like that added anxiety,” said Hannah, another shopper at Garden City. “But I’m still going to figure out a way to get to the stores… I am a little nervous about that.”

Potential slick roads, power outages, and ice are expected moving into the holiday weekend.

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