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Date: February 4, 2014

Re: Winter Storm Warning

National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning for Rhode Island Governor has announced Adverse Weather Policy on Wednesday February 5, 2014

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency is alerting all Rhode Islanders that the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of Rhode Island from Tuesday midnight through 6pm Wednesday night. In response to the winter storm warning, Governor Chafee has activated the Adverse Weather Policy for State Government.

ACCUMULATION: The current prediction for snow accumulation in Rhode Island is 8 to 12 inches. Rhode Island south coast accumulations, estimated to be around 4 to 8 inches along with a tenth of an inch of ice. The snow is expected to begin between 2am and 4am Wednesday morning with heaviest snowfall around 6am Wednesday morning.

Snow transitioning to sleet/freezing rain late Wednesday morning for the South Coast, Newport County, and Block Island.

TRAVELING CONDITIONS: Possible snowfall accumulations for the morning commute 2 - 4", with possible snowfall rates of 1" per hour. Hazardous driving conditions, difficult at times and visibility may be reduced. Motorists are reminded to drive with extreme caution.

TEMPERATURES: Temperature will be close to the freezing point, around 30 degrees.

RIEMA OPERATIONS: RIEMA will be monitoring weather conditions and state activities for any storm-related issues. RIEMA will continue to receive updates from the National Weather Service and coordinate with state agencies and local emergency management directors. For additional information on winter preparedness, visit Contact: Armand Randolph / 401-462-7183

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