People wait for a bus at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center as snow begins to fall Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Boston could get 2 to 3 feet of snow. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
As the Northeast braces for Winter Storm Nemo, Providence, R.I. is among the cities forecast to be hit hardest by heavy snowfall and winds. Accumulations of snow up to 2 feet and wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible for Rhode Island, which is under a blizzard warning until midday Saturday.
A state of emergency has reportedly been declared by Governor Lincoln Chaffee, who urged drivers to stay off the roads. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority suspended all service as of noon Friday and Providence schools were closed Friday.
Rhode Island Emergency Management has warned residents to prepare for power outages. "The combination of several inches of snow and heavy winds increases the possibility of power outages," said RIEMA Executive Director Theresa C. Murray in a press release. "Keeping warm during winter power outages is critical, especially for the elderly or for people who are not physically active or use life-sustaining equipment. Now is the perfect time to check your emergency kits and replace anything that is broken or expired."