Providence, Cranston cancel school ahead of storm

Providence and Cranston said public schools would be closed Thursday, when another winter storm is expected to bring a messy mix of snow and rain.

Several communities issued parking bans ahead of the storm, including Smithfield, North Providence, Woonsocket and Middletown.

Storm Team 10 said could bring a few inches of snow to the area Thursday morning before switching to heavy rain. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Thursday for northern and western Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee put the state's adverse weather policy in effect. State workers whose shifts begin between 8 a.m. and noon Thursday can use leave if they are unable to get to work.

This winter's prolonged arctic cold snaps and above-average snow have many pining for spring.

"It's awful, we just came back from Marco Island a couple of weeks ago, and it wasn't a fun trip. We flew into Baltimore and we looked down and I just saw it looks like we were flying into the Arctic Circle. Not happy. I'm not happy," John Rachlow of Cranston said.

T.F. Green Airport has recorded about 31 inches of snow so far this season, barely one-third of the snowiest winter on record. The winter of 1995-1996 dumped 106.1 inches of snow to Rhode Island.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.