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Winter Storm Hits Rhode Island Earlier than Expected

The National Weather Service, as of 12 noon, has significantly changed today’s winter storm advisory for RI. All of Rhode Island can expect approximately 10 inches of snow by the time the storm ends; which is now expected to be between 5 and 7 am tomorrow morning.

The storm is going to affect Rhode Island much earlier than expected with up to 4 inches on the ground by the afternoon commute.

Businesses are urged to stagger release times and shift changes due to the change in forecast.

Schools are strongly recommended to use their best judgment regarding early dismissal this afternoon as well as evening classes, events, and with openings, closures or delays for tomorrow morning.

RIEMA is reminding you that we are posting the latest information on our website which can be linked at www.riema.ri.gov. Conference calls are scheduled with school superintendents, local EMA directors, public works directors, public safety officials, and Chambers of Commerce at times that we hope will benefit their needs.

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, and local resources to protect the public during disasters and emergencies. RIEMA helps develop plans for effective response to all hazards, trains emergency personnel, provides information to families and communities, and assists in recovery from disaster losses. You can learn more about RIEMA by visiting the RIEMA homepage at http://www.riema.ri.gov.

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Department or agency: Emergency Management Agency

Online: http://www.riema.ri.gov/

Release date: 01-26-2011

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