At the end of Tuesday, Newport will have seen approximately 3″ of snow and a lot of hail/rain. Much less than the 12″+ that was forecasted for the City-By-The-Sea.
Approximately 500 Newport National Grid customers lost power for a short while on Tuesday, no significant accidents were reported in the city.
As of 4 p.m., Rhode Island State Police report that sixteen accidents have been reported across the state as a result of today’s storm, including a tractor-trailer truck that jackknifed on Interstate 95 in West Greenwich. No injuries were reported.
One lane of I-95 South was closed while a heavy duty wrecker assisted the tractor-trailer truck near Exit 6 around 3:30 p.m.
Four other motorists needed assistance when their cars went off the road, and there were seven disabled vehicles.
Flooding has been reported in several locations including: Interstate 95 South at Exit 6; Interstate 95 South at Park Avenue Exit; and the ramp to Exit 2 from Interstate 295 South. State Police are working with the Department of Transportation to clear these problems.
No other major storm-related incidents have been reported as of 3:30 p.m.
As the storm winds down, State Police continue to urge motorists to stay off the roads to allow crews to clear the roads. High winds continue to pose a potential of tree damage and downed power lines that could cause hazards for motorists. As temperatures fall again tonight, icy conditions will create dangerous driving conditions – especially on secondary roads.
As of 3:30 p.m., troopers in the Lincoln barracks have responded to 10 accidents and five disabled motor vehicles; troopers in the Scituate barracks responded to one accident and two disabled motor vehicles; troopers in the Wickford barracks responded to two accidents and one car off the road; and troopers in the Hope Valley barracks responded to two accidents and three cars off the road.
Colonel Ann Assumpico, Superintendent of State Police and Director of Public Safety, continues to urge motorists to stay off the roads.
Information from a Rhode Island State Police press release was used in this story.