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Winter Storm Advisory Issued

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is alerting all Rhode Islanders that there is a winter weather advisory in place for the entire state from 2 a.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service is predicting three to six inches of powdery snow across the entire state with up to eight inches in northern parts of the state. The heaviest snowfall is expected late morning and into the early afternoon on Saturday.

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will be staffed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and will be monitoring storm conditions. Updates will be provided as needed.

RIEMA reminds everyone of the following safety tips for any winter storm:

Dress appropriately. Wear multiple layers, and don't forget mittens, hat, and scarf. Wear shoes or boots with slip-proof soles to prevent falls or injuries.

Drive cautiously. Keep plenty of distance between you and other cars. Do not slam on brakes, and watch out for black ice.

Keep warm. People with limited mobility or who are on certain medications may need to keep heat at higher temperatures.

Check in on family, friends, or neighbors who are elderly or who have special healthcare needs.

Related links

Department or agency: Emergency Management Agency

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

Release date: 01-20-2012

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