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Road Crews Gear Up For Saturday Snowstorm

Snow to begin falling early tomorrow morning.


Local road crews are getting ready for an expected three- to five-inch snowfall that the National Weather Service announced will begin overnight and continue into Saturday. Wind gusts of 21 mph are also possible.

[To see weather conditions in North Kingstown, check out the North Kingstown Patch Weatherbug page.]

North Kingstown road crews will be out about an hour before the snow starts pretreating the roads, according to Public Works Director Phil Bergeron. Once the snow starts accumulating in the afternoon, the plows will start roling, he said.

"We spent the day today getting the trucks ready, making sure they were all gassed up, and loading up our mix," Bergeron said. "It depends on how the storm plays out. Hopefully, it's not too big a deal."

For those traveling outside town borders, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced that it plans to apply a brine solution to Interstate 95 from Exit 7 in West Greenwich to Exit 20 in Providence to keep snow from accumulating on the roadway.

“We think this new technology will keep roads clearer longer, but motorists should not expect snow-free surfaces at all times, as all storms vary in intensity,”  RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said in a statement. “We still urge motorists to exercise caution by reducing their speed and avoiding unnecessary travel during snowstorms."

Tomorrow's expected storm will mark the first snowfall since Jan. 20.

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