Monday, March 18, 2013
We will get snow overnight, but it will turn to all rain by sunrise Tuesday.
I know, I know ... enough already. We are days away from spring but Mother Nature seems intent on making sure we don't forget this winter any time soon. So, here's the drill ... As of 9:30 a.m. Monday, it looks as if snow will begin in East Greenwich around 10 p.m. with temperatures just around freezing. The temperature will rise a bit overnight, with the snow mixing with rain until around 7 a.m. Tuesday, when it will switch to all rain. There may be windy conditions too. As for the rest of the week, the forecast predicts temperatures will stay stubbornly cold, with highs only in the low 40s. Spring begins on Wednesday – officially anyway.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The latest forecast for East Greenwich says we'll get somewhere between 3 to 7 inches by the time the storm winds down Friday morning.
The forecast for our latest snowstorm has been unpredictable, with officials now saying the worst of the storm will hit tonight, but predictions on snow accumulation are still rough – as little as 3 inches, as much as 7 inches. That makes planning tough, state Emergency Management Agency's Ed Johnson said in a statewide conference call with city and town officials Thursday morning. True enough. East Greenwich instituted a parking ban Wednesday night at 11 p.m., but at least one business was calling Town Hall to complain Thursday because her customers had nowhere to park and there was no snow. But lifting the ban and later reinstating it causes confusion, said Town Manager Bill Sequino, so the ban is in place until Friday morning. RIEMA'…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Details about a snow forecast continue to change.
The forecast for a quick developing nor’easter continues to change – the storm is now projected to start in East Greenwich in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Snow accumulations are expected to be around four to eight inches in most of Rhode Island. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour are forecasted, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. Travel is expected to be most difficult on Thursday night and during the Friday morning commute. The National Weather Service also warns that the information is still developing about the storm. To get their latest updates, click here. We will update as needed depending on the severity and timing of the storm.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The town had budgeted $149,000.
Despite the biggest blizzard in years and other storms, the town's snow removal costs are still under budget, Town Manager Bill Sequino told Town Councilors last this week. The town had budgeted $149,000 for snow removal, mainly for overtime costs. So far, according to Public Works Director Joe Duarte, they have spent $140,000. "We’re right on the money with the snow budget," Sequino said. Most of the budgeted money is in the form of overtime for those workers who plow the streets. They had their work cut out for them this year. "We've had some very tough storms," said Town Council President Michael Isaacs. Even Public Works Director Joe Duarte wasn't spared. He was out for 24 hours driving a plow truck during the blizzard. The only …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The storm Friday to Saturday brought more snow to East Greenwich than the town had seen in decades.
If you've been on Main Street in the past two days, you know it's not at its best and the sidewalks ... well, for long stretchs of Main Street, they are impassable. "Most of the time they spent trying to widen the roads and clear drains," said Town Manager Bill Sequino Monday afternoon about the Public Works crew. He said he'd initially hoped the crew could clean up Main Street Monday night. The plan now is to clear the sidewalks Tuesday night. The DPW crew began work Friday morning and continued through the weekend, with little rest. As Sequino said, "It was a very messy storm." During the storm, the EG Fire District had 52 calls, according to Chief Peter Henrikson, but none of them serious. There were fire alarm soundings, a gas leak, …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The Blizzard of 2013 closed schools Friday and Monday.
The mini-mid-winter break is over. The good news (for some, anyway!) is the real winter break is just four days away. The Blizzard of 2013 prompted school officials in East Greenwich and across the region to cancel school last Friday, in anticipation of the storm's arrival. Classes in East Greenwich were cancelled Monday because two schools remained without power Sunday afternoon and because roads needed additional clearing to make room for buses, cars and pedestrians. Both of those issues have been resolved, so school is back in session Tuesday. Better get to that homework, everyone! To read more about the Blizzard of 2013, check out these stories: Sunday Blizzard Blog: Power Picture Improves, Still No Word On School Saturday Blizzard …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Pictures of the storm as it descended Friday.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The regional warming shelter for East Greenwich is Warwick Vets, but perhaps we can help out closer to home
I've heard from a couple of readers asking about warming shelters. The warming shelter for our region is Warwick Vets High School in Warwick. And the Community Room at the EG Police Department is available, with heat and plugs. But how about helping our out-of-power neighbors with warm food, charging stations and, perhaps, a bed for the night? If you've got power and are willing to help, consider reaching out to those you know who are dark. Maybe it's an impromtu dinner invitation or slumber party. Let's see if we can help make these next hours/days easier. Any suggestions of how to organize this effort are appreciated!
Somerset resident Bill Greene was watching TV in his bedroom last night when a tree snapped.
Bill Greene was in bed watching TV at around 9 p.m. last night when he heard a loud snap and suddenly a large tree fell on the bedroom roof, crashing through.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Thanks to the blizzard, East Greenwich is expecting up to 20 inches of snow this weekend. See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows snowfall in the past 24 hours. It is updated every 6 hours. This is not a map showing overall snow depth: It only tracks the amount of snow that has fallen in the past day. The map is centered around the red marker, which is in the middle of East Greenwich Patch's coverage area.