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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): As the first winter storm of the season hits Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation tells ABC6 News they are prepared to plow roads through the night. 

"We have had our crews in since noon ready to address whatever is coming down," Charles St. Martin, a RIDOT spokesman said. "We expect to salt and to plow the roads through this afternoon and the evening." 

The snow is forecasted to change to a rain and sleet mix, so Martin said they will be out on state roads and highways until that happens.

"They will be on call whether to ramp up or ramp down as needed," Martin said. 

RIDOT is allowed to have 450 pieces of equipment on the road, maximum at one time. 

"It's the first storm of the year so folks aren't accustomed to driving in it," Martin said. "We are advising people to reduce their speed and provide plenty of extra time."

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