- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A winter storm is expected to bring heavy snow to Rhode Island overnight and make for a messy morning commute.

It’s also prompted school closings in Providence and elsewhere, and parking bans in communities throughout the state.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday for northern Rhode Island, much of Massachusetts and northeast Connecticut. It forecasts accumulation of 4 to 8 inches in those areas, with the highest totals near Interstate 95.

Other parts of the state are forecast to get 2 to 5 inches.

Rain is expected to change to snow overnight, with the heaviest snow expected during the commute.

The weather service says travel will be slow and difficult, and warns of possible power outages.

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