Providence schools closed Wednesday


Providence Public Schools Closed Tomorrow, Jan. 22

Parking Ban Begins at 11PM Tonight

City Hall will remain open tomorrow; Residents urged to exercise caution during frigid conditions

– In preparation for a winter snow storm forecast to bring frigid temperatures and leave up to nine inches of snow in Providence, Providence Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

The City of Providence has declared a citywide parking ban beginning at 11PM 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 ( and PEMA (

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 22.

All Providence recreation centers are closed today and tomorrow.
The Providence City Council's Ways & Means Committee meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled.

A citywide parking ban will be in effect from 11PM 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.

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.

Due to the impending snowstorm, garbage and recycling will not take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

The garbage and recycling collection schedule has been revised for this week based on the Monday holiday and impending snow. All pickups for the rest of the week will be as follows:

•    Tuesday pickup will be Thursday, January 23
•    Wednesday pickup will be Friday, January 24
•    Thursday pickup will be Saturday, January 25
•    Friday pickup will be Monday, January 27

Christmas tree pickup will continue through the rest of this week and end on Monday, January 27, 2014.

All pickups for the week of January 27, 2014 will be delayed by one day:

•    Monday pickup will be Tuesday, January 28
•    Tuesday pickup will be Wednesday, January 29
•    Wednesday pickup will be Thursday, January 30
•    Thursday pickup will be Friday, January 31
•    Friday pickup will be Saturday, February 1

The regular trash pickup schedule will resume on Monday, February 3, 2014.

City Hall will remain open on Wednesday, January 22.

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

The City of Providence is fully prepared to open an emergency warming shelter if there is a need. At this time, those seeking shelter should head to Crossroads RI.

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.

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