Gov. Gina Raimondo is imploring people to stay home as the biggest storm to hit the Northeast this winter winds down.
Two stretches of Interstate 95 South were temporarily closed because several tractor-trailer trucks got stuck, stopping dozens of cars and causing significant delays from Exit 2 through Exit 7.
State police say the highway has reopened and traffic is moving slowly.
The Democratic governor said there have been about 15 accidents with no serious injuries.
Raimondo says road conditions are still poor and hundreds of plows are working to clear the roads for the morning commute.
“Do not drive this evening we need the evening to put our full force, all the plows out there on the highways in cities and towns to clear this up overnight so that by tomorrow morning for the morning commute we should be in good shape,” Raimondo said. “This is a snowstorm. This is Rhode Island, we know how to do snowstorms. It’s going to be over this evening we are going to be plowing all night. We’re going to be fine by the morning.”
Even though the National Weather Service says Providence, New Bedford, Massachusetts and Block Island, Rhode Island met blizzard criteria, neither Rhode Island nor Massachusetts declared a state of emergency.
“It’s not the condition which would have merited a state of emergency. We’re not seeing 60 or 70 mile-an-hour winds. By and large, the plows are able to keep up with the snowfall,” Raimondo said. “When you have a state of emergency, if I had close the roads I would’ve had to coordinate with Massachusetts and Connecticut. Can’t stop the traffic at the borders, they have not declared a state of emergency so I think our response has been appropriate.”
National Grid reports around 8,000 Rhode Island customers were without power Thursday afternoon.