Rhode Island gears up for Wednesday’s wintery conditions
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — With snow, ice, and rain heading Southern New England’s way again Wednesday, state leaders and hardware stores are gearing up for the first wave of inclement weather this winter.
Gov. Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation said 350 trucks in total are ready for Wednesday’s conditions. Salt, sand, and plows will be needed throughout the evening. Their efforts are continued from Monday’s cleanup of ice and snow.
“We’re ready — it’s going to come, winter is coming and we’re ready for it,” said Department of Transportation director Peter Alviti.
Despite what many may think, one department store told me the mild temperatures and conditions this year have helped their business.
Matt Adler, vice president of Adler’s Hardware in Providence, said they are projected ahead of last year’s sales.
“When we have bad weather, people tend to hibernate,” he said. “So, we usually see sales slow in January and March. But people have been coming in grabbing other things like additional interior hardware and paint to do the interior of their home.”
He added, “People are doing more projects and maybe starting their projects a bit earlier.”
Adler’s Hardware told ABC 6 that sales peak before large winter storms. With ice and snow on the way Wednesday, Adler said they are finally seeing their winter products fly off the shelves.
“We love those conditions where it melts during the day and freezes up at night because then people need lots of ice melt,” Adler said.
He hopes this is the beginning of a stormy ending to Southern New England’s winter.