Schools closed, flights canceled in RI amid storm

Dozens of flights were canceled Thursday at T.F. Green Airport as a winter storm brought snow, rain and high wind to Southern New England.

By midday, 3.5 inches of snow had fallen in Foster, while 2 inches was reported in Bristol and Narragansett. The snow had turned to rain in several areas by 1 p.m.

Schools were closed in several communities, including in Providence, Cranston, Warwick and Newport. Cities and towns issued parking bans.

Many of the flights canceled at Green connected to other airports on the East Coast, including New York, Baltimore, Washington and Atlanta.

"I feel bad for them. I got home. They're not getting on their vacation," said Sam Disotell, who made it from Tampa, Fla., back to Rhode Island.

But she wasn't quite home yet. The Block Island resident has to wait for the resumption of ferry service, which was suspended because of high winds. She had a backup plan.

"I called a friend to see if they can come pick me up and crash at their house in Charlestown," she said.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority said 15 bus routes were being detoured until further notice. RIPTA said passengers should anticipate delays on all routes before and after the storm, especially on routes 54 and 87.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.