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Raimondo Declares State Of Emergency, Travel Ban for Blizzard Juno

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Governor Gina Raimondo announces a State of Emergency at the State House on Monday afternoon.

Governor Gina Raimondo today announced a State of Emergency to take effect immediately in advance of Blizzard Juno’s arrival in the Rhode Island area. 

Raimondo called the storm “possibly the most severe we’ve seen in decades” and has asked everyone to be off of the streets by 8pm, with a mandatory travel ban to take effect at midnight. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker also declared a state of emergency and put a travel ban in place for midnight.

A declaration of a State of Emergency activates the National Guard and allows for federal disaster funds to be spent in the state.

According to GoLocalProv Meteorologist John Ghiorse, "The center of the storm has started to intensify along the Mid-Atlantic coast and light snow and flurries are breaking out across much of the area. The snow will intensify throughout the late afternoon and evening as the storm center grows stronger and moves slowly offshore. Blizzard conditions will develop later tonight into tomorrow with near zero visibility and winds gusting to 50mph or higher during the peak of the storm."

Juno is expected to bring a total of 20 to 30 inches of snow, with significant power outages throughout the region.


Related Slideshow: Top 10 Blizzards in RI History

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10. Blizzard of 2010

Max Accumulation: Approximately 13"

December 26-27, 2010

This winter storm brought more than a foot of snow to several parts of Rhode Island, including 13 inches in Woonsocket.

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9. Blizzard of 2003

Max Accumulation: Approximately 15"

February 14-19, 2013

Know as the President’s Day Storm II, this blizzard brought roughly 15 inches to Ocean State.

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8. Blizzard of 2009

Max Accumulation: Approximately 16"

December 16-20, 2009

Blizzard warnings were in effect in southern Rhode Island when this storm hit just before Christmas 2009.

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7. April Fool's Day Blizzard

Max Accumulation: Approximately 18"

March 30 to April 1, 1997

This blizzard was no joke when it dropped 18 inches of snow in Providence.

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6. 1969 Nor’easter

Max Accumulation: Approximately 20"

February 8-10, 1969

This storm blanketed many parts of Rhode Island with upwards of 20 inches of snow.

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5. Great Blizzard of 1888

Max Accumulation: Approximately 20"

March 11-14, 1888

One of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States, this superstorm dumped 20 inches in Kingston.

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4. Blizzard of 1996

Max Accumulation: Approximately 23"

Jan. 6-10, 1996

One of two blizzards to receive an “extreme” rating on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, this storm blanketing parts of Rhode Island with upwards of 23 inches of snow.

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3. Blizzard of 2005

Max Accumulation: Approximately 23.5"

January 20-23, 2005

This three-day storm delivered more nearly two feet of snow to some parts of Rhode Island.

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2. Winter Storm Nemo

Max Accumulation: Approximately 24"

February 7-18, 2013

About 180,000 RI homes and businesses lost power during this powerful blizzard.

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1. Blizzard of 1978

Max Accumulation: Approximately 38"

February 5-7, 1978

This historic nor’easter, which claimed the lives of 26 Rhode Islanders, brought a record-breaking 27.6 inches of snow to Providence and 38 inches to Woonsocket.


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