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Three of the state’s major bridges to close at midnight in anticipation of whiteout conditions

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Mount Hope, Jamestown and Newport bridges are closing at midnight, as the blizzard winds up into full force late Monday and early Tuesday. State Police Col. Steven G. O'Donnell said the bridges will be blocked, as the weather reaches whiteout conditions, and those seeking to get on or off Aquidneck Island won't be able to travel.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @projo: ICYMI: Three of RI's major bridges to close at midnight in anticipation of whiteout conditions. bit.ly/1yWY3Ha

Jan 26, 2015

People on Aquidneck I. can’t leave! Did they ever want to? MT @JournalKate: bridges close at 12am. shar.es/1bQNmk @blizzardof2015

Jan 26, 2015

3 of RI's major bridges to close at midnight in anticipation of whiteout conditions #blizzard2015 shar.es/1bQNmk @projo

Jan 26, 2015

RT @projo: BREAKING: 3 of RI’s major bridges to close at midnight in anticipation of whiteout #Blizzard2015 shar.es/1bQDnH

Raimondo: 'Hunker down' before storm

providencejournal.com — Governor Raimondo has cautioned Rhode Islanders to "hunker down" before the expected Blizzard of 2015 hits sometime tonight. At a news conference at the Rhode Island State House with emergency response officials, the governor urged Rhode Islanders to prepare now for storm and be off the roads by 8 p.m.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @projo: RI State of Emergency: Raimondo says 'We're all going to be fine' in historic #Blizzard2015 providencejournal.com/breaking-news/…

Jan 26, 2015

Raimondo: 'Hunker down' B4 storm + Closings list, Twitter feed shar.es/1bQa9G @projo P.S. That list notes PVD has closed skuls Tues

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Tips for keeping your electronics running during the storm

providencejournal.com — Three phone-tablet tips for dealing with the storm: 1.) Keep your electronic devices plugged in and charged whenever possible. If the power goes out, they'll start at full power. 2.) If the power goes out, immediately deactivate the WiFi on your phone, tablet and laptop.

Blizzard of 2015: Rhode Island prepares for the worst

Former Red Sox All-Star Bill Monbouquette dies at 78

providencejournal.com — BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox say Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown team, has died. He was 78. The team says in a news release Monday that Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston due to complications from leukemia.
Jan 26, 2015

Former Red Sox All-Star Bill Monbouquette dies at 78 shar.es/1bFfS0

R.I. prepares African refugees for first blizzard

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Samuel Epalanga arrived in Rhode Island from a Namibian refugee camp on Jan. 14. Until Saturday, he had not experienced snow, let alone a blizzard. But Epalanga said Monday he knows what to do. He and other recent arrivals from Africa and warm-climate countries have received instruction from Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island caseworkers.
Jan 26, 2015

From Africa into the storm: refugees learn blizzard-preparedness #blizzard2015 shar.es/1bFvPo via @sharethis

Ten uniquely Rhode Island pantry staples to get you through the blizzard

providencejournal.com — Looking at the weather, those clever folks at suggested the Top 10 Pantry Staples to help get your through the blizzard until you can shop again. They also offered a few recipes. I can't resist adding Rhode Island versions of what we need.

Kraft expects NFL to apologize if no evidence found against Patriots

providencejournal.com — Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave a surprise address to the media in Arizona, strongly defending his coach and quarterback in the midst of the Deflategate controversy and demanding an apology from the NFL if the league's investigation fails to turn up hard evidence against his team.
Jan 26, 2015

Kraft expects NFL to apologize if no evidence found against Patriots shar.es/1bFm6a

Aaron Hernandez jury seated, but storm will delay predominantly female panel

providencejournal.com — FALL RIVER, Mass. - A predominantly female jury will determine the guilt of innocence or Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriot charged with first-degree murder. After a series of private sidebar peremptory challenges, defense lawyers and prosecutors agreed that 13 women and 5 men should be jurors. E.
Jan 26, 2015

Aaron Hernandez jury seated, but storm will delay predominantly female panel shar.es/1bQvg4

Jan 26, 2015

Aaron Hernandez jury seated, but storm will delay predominantly female panel ~ @BillMalinowski ow.ly/HXLRB

T.F. Green Airport bracing for widespread flight disruptions

providencejournal.com — WARWICK, R.I. - Officials at T.F. Green Airport are cautioning flyers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport as the blizzard that is forecast to begin Monday night is wreaking havoc with plane schedules up and down the East Coast.

To our readers: The eEdition will be free during the blizzard

providencejournal.com — During the blizzard, the eEdition will be available for free, as a public service, to all readers as will all storm related coverage on providencejournal.com. Here is how you can get complementary access to the eEdition from your computer, Smartphone or tablet.

Lifespan hospitals cancel outpatient/elective procedures for Tuesday

providencejournal.com — Lifespan health system has cancelled all outpatient procedures, elective surgeries and clinic appointments scheduled for Tuesday due to the impending storm. The move does not affect emergency departments at Lifespan hospitals, which will remain open to provide care to critically ill and injured patients.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @projo: Lifespan hospitals cancel outpatient/elective procedures for Tuesday shar.es/1bQItL

Emergency contacts and safety tips for the blizzard

providencejournal.com — For emergencies only: call 911 For non-emergency assistance, call 211 For reports on road conditions, call 511 To report power failure or lines down, National Grid, (800) 465-1212 To report a gas leak, National Grid, (800) 640-1595 To get text updates from National Grid, text STORM to NGRID To notify National Grid if you depend on electrically operated life-sustaining medical devices, (800) 322-3223 National Grid Storm Center: https://www1.nationalgridus.com/RhodeIsland To report a power failure or check restoration status from a smartphone, call (800) 465-1212 or navigate to www1.nationalgridus.com/PowerOutageMap R.I.

Brandon Browner says Pats should try to injure Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas

Jan 26, 2015

Brandon Browner says Pats should try to injure Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas shar.es/1bQkOq

Providence cancels school

This isn’t a blizzard…..yet

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, RI - The term "blizzard" - already being used to define the storm now in the works - has a specific definition. The National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a storm which contains large amounts of snow or blowing snow, with winds of at least 35 mph and visibilities of less than a quarter mile _ for at least 3 hours.

Flights at T.F. Green Airport to stop about 5:30 p.m. Monday

providencejournal.com — WARWICK, R.I. - A US Airways flight scheduled to leave at 5:24 p.m. Monday is expected to be the last plane out of T.F. Green Airport until at least Wednesday as airlines are cancelling flights in advance of what is expected an historic blizzard Monday night through Wednesday morning.

Follow the Blizzard of 2015 on Twitter

providencejournal.com — Tweet all your storm photos, your posts and public safety news to #Blizzard2015, and include RI in the tweets to have them post to our live feed.
Jan 26, 2015

We want to hear from you during #Blizzard2015. Post to hashtag & include RI in the tweets. Live feed here: providencejournal.com/news/content/2…

Providence, Cranston schools cancel after-school activities

providencejournal.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Cranston and Providence pubic schools have cancelled all after-school activities Monday. Both schools have adopted a wait-and-see approach to school resuming on Wednesday. The Providence public schools, as of 11:30 a.m., was still unsure of its plans for opening school on Tuesday.
Jan 26, 2015

PVD/Cranston skuls: No after-school activities Mon. Cranston: No skul Tues. PVD: Not sure shar.es/1bUz4s @projo #blizzard2015