UPDATE: Towns announce closings and delays from storm: What you need to know in northern RI

A photo posted by the North Smithfield Heritage Association show a winter scene. Credit: Bill Burroughs.

Northern RI – With the latest winter storm expected to dump some four to eight inches of snow across northern Rhode Island, municipalities were making plans on Thursday, Feb. 24 for what services would – and would not – take place on Friday.

In Burrillville, a Covid-19 testing clinic scheduled for Friday, Feb. 25 was canceled. Trash services were cancelled on Friday, with remaining pickups delayed by one day, and a parking ban will go into effect from midnight tonight through 6 p.m. Friday.

Burrillville Extended Care will also be closed on Friday.

A parking ban also goes into effect in North Smithfield this evening at 11 p.m. through Saturday morning at 8 a.m., and the opening of municipal offices will be delayed until 9 a.m. Trash pickup in that town was originally set to go on as scheduled with a one hour delay. But on Friday morning, the town announced that two trucks operated by contractor Mega Disposal slid off the road, leading to a one day delay.

Kids Klub will be closed on Friday, as will North Smithfield Public Library.

The Glocester Public Works Department has also issued a parking ban through Saturday, and both the Manton Library and the Senior Center will be closed on Friday, according to notices published on the Rhode Island Broadcasters website.

According to the National Weather Service, heavy mixed precipitation will begin around midnight, and expected snowfall will be topped with a “light glaze,” of ice. The snow will quickly become heavy, falling at a rate of one to two inches per hour at times before turning to sleet. Precipitation may change to rain for a period, and then back to snow before the storm ends late Friday afternoon.

“This will result in a flash freeze across portions of Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts,” NWS notes.

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