2017-03-16 / Front Page

SNOW FOOLIN’ AROUND

Town shutters prior to Tuesday’s storm


Although the nor’easter dropped barely 2 inches of snow, school was canceled for Jamestown students, including David Cantore, 12, and his 5-year-old sister, Daphne. 
PHOTOS BY ANDREA VON HOHENLEITEN Although the nor’easter dropped barely 2 inches of snow, school was canceled for Jamestown students, including David Cantore, 12, and his 5-year-old sister, Daphne. PHOTOS BY ANDREA VON HOHENLEITEN Golf courses with blooming flowers were abuzz last week during consecutive 60-degree days, but signs of spring quickly diminished following two snowstorms in five days, including Tuesday’s nor’easter that closed government offices statewide.

Following a few inches of snow Friday that wasn’t able to accumulate on the warm roadways, a dramatically forecasted storm rushed through Jamestown three days later, dropping nary 2 inches of snow on the island before turning into a gusty rain shower in the late morning. While the storm was ultimately more bark than bite, the town proactively issued a parking ban and ceased municipal operations aside from public safety, highway crews and the water division. Gov. Gina Raimondo did the same on a statewide level.


ABOVE: Keith Godena plows the Narragansett Avenue sidewalk Friday afternoon. ABOVE: Keith Godena plows the Narragansett Avenue sidewalk Friday afternoon. “We were really fortunate,” Town Administrator Andy Nota said. “Although it did close municipal offices, we didn’t incur any overtime expenses for plowing.”

Along with golfers breaking out their clubs and spikes, Nota said the town also prepared for spring a tad early. The highway department already had taken the plows off the trucks, but they were reassembled for Friday’s storm.

Although he hasn’t spoken with Police Chief Ed Mello as of Wednesday morning, Nota said he was unaware of any power outages or major car accidents.

Despite Wednesday morning’s temperatures in the teens, the roads were bone dry and town workers were back to business as usual.



BELOW: Prior to the snowstorms, spring-like weather in the 60s last week was showcased by blossoming crocuses in Shoreby Hill. BELOW: Prior to the snowstorms, spring-like weather in the 60s last week was showcased by blossoming crocuses in Shoreby Hill.

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