Traffic conditions poor in Southern New England during height of storm
While crews were out in full force cleaning Southern New England roads as heavy snow fell across the area Wednesday night, several NBC 10 News viewers said the driving conditions were terrible during the height of the storm.
“It’s bad,” Janet Hickey of North Smithfield said. “You’re trying to drive in it and it’s all sticking to your windows. Nobody should go out.”
The snow was so wet and heavy and coming down so quickly that drivers were struggling to get traction and not slide on slippery streets.
Just south on Route 146 in Lincoln, the snow was coming down a little bit lighter, leaving a coating on the roads. Still, cars were taking it slow.
Meanwhile, cities like Attleboro prepared for the worst.
“The weather has been all over the place. We wanted to make sure everybody was going to be doing their jobs and knew exactly what expectations were for each department,” Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux told NBC 10.
On the roads, wet snow and strong winds made travel difficult.
"I'll be staying in tonight and getting up for work at 5 tomorrow morning, so we will see how it looks then,” Christian Caraccia, who was driving through the storm.
In Providence, crews worked to clear snow-covered sidewalks and plow the streets. It was a race to keep up with the powerful storm.
On the way to Kennedy Plaza, NBC 10 saw more than a dozen plows out on the roads and highways.
Rhode Island Department of Transportation is asking drivers to make sure they’re leaving some room for those plows and advises drivers to take it slow.