- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is preparing for another winter storm that’s expected to bring several inches of snow and has already forced the pre-emptive closure of some schools.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning across the state. It forecasts 8 to 12 inches of snow in Providence and Kent counties, and 4 to 8 inches of snow along the coast.

The storm is expected to start overnight, creating a difficult commute Wednesday morning, then last into the afternoon.

Schools in some communities have been called off for Wednesday, including in Providence. Several communities have issued parking bans, including in Newport, where the ban starts at 11 p.m. Tuesday, and Cranston, where it starts at midnight.

The governor’s office says state offices will remain open.

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