National Weather Service issues winter storm warning for southern Providence, western Kent counties

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for parts of Providence and Kent County, including Providence, Coventry and West Greenwich for Wednesday night until Thursday afternoon. /NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

PROVIDENCE – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Southern Providence County and Western Kent County including Providence, Coventry and West Greenwich from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon.

The NWS expects snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with most of the snowfall occurring Wednesday between 7 p.m. and midnight.

National Grid has about 500 line crews for Massachusetts and about 170 for Rhode Island. The utility also has more than 200 tree crews pre-positioned in Massachusetts and more than 70 in Rhode Island in preparation for any service disruptions due to the storm, according to National Grid.

Winter Storm Riley knocked out electrical service for 150,000 National Grid Rhode Island customers Friday, some of whom were without power until Tuesday.

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Peter Gaynor, director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, said the state has been monitoring the storm and has been in contact with National Grid in anticipation of power outages.

Victor Morente, press secretary for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, said they don’t expect the storm to have a major impact on the city, but are preparing crews in preparation for the storm.

Customers can check or report any outages on National Grids’s website or at 1-900-465-1212.