Prov Parking Ban to Remain in Effect, RIPTA to Resume, Schools Closed Friday

Friday, January 05, 2018
GoLocalProv News Team

Roads are reported to be in tough condition on secondary roads
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced that regular service will resume Friday. RIPTA with little notice stopped service on Thursday at 2 PM leaving many Rhode Islanders trapped with no means of transportation. 


On Friday, passengers should be prepared for delays or detours due to slippery road conditions or streets still being cleared. RIPTA will keep posting updates on its website and social media. Passengers are also advised to use extreme caution at bus stops. The safety of passengers and employees is RIPTA’s top priority and the transit authority thanks everyone for their patience.

Passengers can get the latest on detours and other service information from RIPTA by signing up for electronic RIPTA updates at RIPTA will e-mail system disruption notices to passengers on this distribution list. Detour information will also be available on and RIPTA’s social media outlets: Facebook @RideRIPTA, Twitter @RIPTA_RI. Passengers are urged to monitor news reports as well.

A citywide parking ban will remain in effect in Providence until 9:00 AM, Friday. Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed in the wake of the snowstorm.

All schools across Rhode Island are closed on Friday.

Trash collection will resume on Friday, January 5, on a delayed schedule with Wednesday’s regularly scheduled pickup happening Friday. An outline of schedule changes is below:

Week of January 1, 2018

Trash/Recycle Collection Day

Revised Schedule

















Week of January 8, 2018

Trash/Recycle Collection Day

Revised Schedule

















Providence property owners are reminded that they are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, catch basins, fire hydrants and pedestrian ramps adjacent to their property. Residents are urged not to shovel snow onto roadways after streets have been plowed.

Providence Recreation Centers will remain closed Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6.

To receive up-to-the-minute alerts and updates, residents are encouraged to register for the CodeRED emergency notification system by visiting:

Residents experiencing power outages should contact National Grid at 800-322-3223. Individuals are warned never to touch downed power lines and report downed lines to National Grid. In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

If you or someone you know is in need of overnight shelter and/or emergency food assistance, call the United Way Rhode Island’s toll-free hotline at 2-1-1 or visit them online at  

In anticipation of colder weather, the Providence Emergency Management Agency has identified the below Warming Centers located in Providence. Please note that hours may be subject to change.

State of Rhode Island Warming Center Location:

Rhode Island College

600 Mt Pleasant Avenue

(Donovan Dining Center)

Providence, RI 02911

Thursday: 24/7


**Pets are allowed**


Providence Warming Centers/Shelters:

Crossroads RI

160 Broad Street

Providence, RI 02903


Thursday: 24/7

Friday: 24/7

Saturday: 24/7


Providence Rescue Mission

627 Cranston Street #1

Providence, RI 02907


Thursday: 24/7

Friday: 24/7

Saturday: 24/7


Davinci Center for Community Progress 
470 Charles Street

Providence, RI 02904


Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm (extended hours possible)

Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm (extended hours possible)

  • Is Your Car Ready

    Is your car ready for the Blizzard?

    Assemble a Winter Emergency Car Kit Checklist  (see below)
    Keep your gas tank at least half-full to prevent your fuel line from freezing.
    Install good winter tires with adequate tread and pressure.
    Check your antifreeze, battery, defroster, windshield wipers, wiper fluid, and other vehicle equipment to make sure they are ready for winter driving.

  • Auto Checklist

    Assemble a Winter Emergency Car Kit Checklist   

    Your winter emergency car kit should include: 

    Flashlight with extra batteries

    Charged cellphone and automobile charger

    Basic first aid kit 

    Necessary medications 

    Pocket knife 

    Blankets or sleeping bags 

    Extra clothes (including rain gear, boots, mittens, socks) 

    High-calorie non-perishable foods (dried fruits, nuts, canned food) 

    Manual can opener  

    Container of water 

    Windshield scraper and brush 

    Fire extinguisher 

    Shovel  Sand, road salt, or cat litter for traction

    Tire chains or traction mats 

    Basic tool kit (pliers, wrench, screwdriver)

    Tow rope 

    Battery jumper cables 

    Road flares/reflectors 

    Brightly colored cloth to use as a flag 

  • Fall through the ice

    Do not go out onto the ice to try to rescue a person or pet.


    Try to reach the victim from shore. Extend your reach with a branch, oar, pole, or ladder to try to pull the victim to safety.
    If unable to reach the victim, throw them something to hold onto (such as a rope, jumper cables, tree branch, or life preserver).
    Go for help or call 911 immediately.

    If you fall in, use cold water safety practices:

    Try not to panic.
    Turn toward the direction you came from and place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, moving forward by kicking your feet.
    Once back onto unbroken ice, remain lying down and roll away from the hole.
    Crawl back toward land, keeping your weight evenly distributed.

    If you can’t get back on the ice, use the Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP):

    Bring your knees up toward your chest.
    Cross your arms and hold them close to your body.
    Keep your legs together.
    Try to keep your head out of the water.
    Do not try to swim unless a boat, floating object, or shore is close by. Swimming in cold water cools your body and reduces survival time.

  • Pets Indoor

    If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pets. Don’t keep your pets outdoors for long periods of time during very cold weather. Short-coated dogs may need a coat or sweater during walks

  • If outdoors

    If you have outdoor dogs, make sure they have a dry, draft-free doghouse that:

    Is large enough for pets to sit and lie down in, but small enough to retain their body heat.
    Has a floor that is elevated a few inches off the ground and is covered with cedar shavings or straw.
    Has an entrance that faces away from heavy winds and is covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.

  • Salt and feet

    Salt and other chemicals used to melt ice and snow can harm your pet’s feet.

    Gently rub the bottom of your pet’s paws with a damp towel to remove these irritants after a walk, or buy dog boots to prevent paw irritation during winter weather.

    You should also look for signs that your pet’s feet are uncomfortably cold, which could include them frequently lifting up their paws, whining, or stopping.

  • Roof Snow


    Use a snow rake (available at most hardware stores) to remove snow from pitched roofs.
    Start from the edge and work your way up the roof.
    Try to shave the snow down to 2 or 3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean, which will risk damage to your shingles or other roof covering.
    Keep all ladders, shovels, and roof rakes away from utility wires.
    Plastic shovels are usually best. Metal tools may cause damage to your roof.
    Shovel snow from flat roofs by throwing the snow over the side away from the building.
    Carefully remove large icicles if they're hanging over doorways and walkways.
    Wear protective headgear and goggles when performing any of these tasks.
    Have someone outside with you to assist.
    Keep gutters and drains clean and free of ice, snow, and other debris, and keep downspouts clean at ground level.

  • Roof Snow


    Don’t stand on or place heavy equipment on the roof unless approved by a registered professional engineer.
    Don’t use a ladder, since ice tends to build up on both the rungs of the ladder and the soles of your boots. If using a ladder, be extra cautious during cold and icy weather.
    Don’t use blow torches, open flames, or electric heating devices like hair dryers or heat guns to remove snow and ice.
    Don’t try to remove ice or icicles from utility wires or meters. Call your utility company for assistance.

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