Bill Haberman. WPRO News
Rhode Island morning commuters got their first winter driving test of the season on Wednesday, as morning snow left the state's roads snow covered and slippery.
"We are right on the dividing line between heavy rain and snow," said WPRO Accu-Weather Meteorologist Elliot Abrams who is predicting final snowfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in the greater Providence area, with less in areas to the south and east and more to the north and west.
"We have over 250 trucks out on our state highways plowing and treating the highways," DOT spokesman Joe Baker told WPRO's Gene Valicenti.
The snow caused major delays in the morning commute to Providence although there were no reports of major accidents associated with the snow. For a time, traffic on I-95 North was slow from Rte 4 all the way to Downtown Providence. Major delays were also reported on 195 West into the city.
A number of school districts delayed class in Rhode Island as a result of the snow. School was cancelled altogether in the Foster-Glocester Regional schools, which typically sees greater accumulations than the rest of the state.
The National Weather Service issued Winter Weather Advisories through mid-afternoon across the northern two thirds of Rhode Island.
As of 8 AM, up to 4 inches of snow was reported in Northern Rhode Island. Snowfall amounts around Providence measure on average around 3 inches.
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