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Providence Schools Closed Friday / Parking Ban Issued

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Providence Public Schools Closed Tomorrow, Jan. 3
Parking Ban Begins at Midnight
Residents urged to exercise caution during frigid conditions

PROVIDENCE, RI
– In preparation for a winter snow storm forecast to bring frigid temperatures and leave up to eight inches of snow in Providence, Providence Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, January 3, 2013.

Mayor Angel Taveras has declared a citywide parking ban beginning at midnight tonight. The parking ban will remain in effect until further notice.

Snowfall is expected to peak in intensity during the evening hours tonight and will continue through tomorrow morning. The storm will be accompanied by frigid temperatures and wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour that will greatly reduce visibility and make extended outdoor exposure dangerous.

The Department of Public Works has prepared all equipment and personnel to respond to the storm. The City's Emergency Operations Center has been partially activated with Providence Emergency Management staff.

Residents can stay up to date on the latest storm developments from the City by using the filter #PVDsnow on Twitter and following the accounts of Mayor Taveras (http://www.twitter.com/angel_taveras) and PEMA (http://www.twitter.com/pema591).

CANCELLATIONS
All Providence Public Schools afterschool activities scheduled for today are canceled. Providence Public Schools will be closed and all afterschool activities are canceled for tomorrow, January 3.

All Providence recreation centers are closed today.

PARKING BAN
A citywide parking ban will be in effect from midnight tonight until further notice. Cars in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed. Cars parked in school parking lots overnight will also be ticketed and towed.

OVERNIGHT PARKING

Residents with overnight parking permits and all residents are reminded that they are responsible for removing their cars from the street during a parking ban. Vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed.

TRASH REMOVAL
Garbage and recycling collection will not take place on Friday, January 3, 2013.

CITY OFFICES
City Hall will remain open on Friday, January 3. However, Providence Municipal Court will be closed tomorrow.

RESIDENTS URGED TO TAKE CAUTION DURING DANGEROUSLY COLD TEMPERATURES; KEEP PETS INDOORS; CHECK ON ELDERLY NEIGHBORS
Exposure to extreme cold weather can cause hypothermia and frostbite.  If you suspect a person is suffering from frostbite or hypothermia, bring him or her someplace warm and seek medical help immediately.  Symptoms include:

* Hypothermia: includes slurred speech, sluggishness, confusion, dizziness, shallow breathing, unusual behavior, and slow, irregular heartbeat.
* Frostbite: includes gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, and waxy feeling skin.
 
Cold Weather tips
* Dress in layers, as they provide better insulation and warmth
* Wear a hat or hood to keep heat from escaping the body
* Keep your pets inside
* Check on your elderly neighbors

SNOW REMOVAL
Property owners are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, catch basins, fire hydrants and pedestrian ramps adjacent to their property within 8 hours after snow stops falling. Residents are asked to take care not to shovel snow onto roadways after streets have been plowed. Fines ranging from $20 to $500 will be imposed on residents not in compliance.

By City Ordinance, businesses and residents must not place snow removed by plowing or shoveling into public roadways and sidewalks. Fines ranging from $20 to $500 will be imposed on residents not in compliance.

Motorists are advised not to double park on streets, and not to park within eight feet of fire hydrants. Blocking fire hydrants and causing any delay of fire, police and other emergency vehicles is a serious public safety hazard.

For fire safety purposes, residents are urged not to rebury fire hydrants after they have been dug out.

DRIVING CONDITIONS
Current weather reports indicate that this winter storm is likely to present hazardous driving conditions. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to exercise extreme caution and to stay off roadways whenever possible during the storm.

For more information about snow removal in Providence, visit http://providenceri.com/snowready.

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