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2014 Snow Storm Hercules: MA & RI school closings, business delays, travel info

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Winter storm Hercules has arrived in New England and the list of school and business closings and delays is growing. Many schools and employers are closing early on Jan. 2, 2014. Cancellations are rolling in for Friday, January 3 in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. (List of closures below)

Bitter cold temperatures and hours of snowfall are expected, forcing school administrators to cancel afternoon activities on Thursday and a full day of school on Friday in Boston, Southeastern MA and most of Rhode Island.

Travel Delays: Airport delays in Providence and Boston are already in place: 2014 Northeast snow storm flight cancellations & airline delay information

Expected Snowfall Totals: Hercules is expected to dump 6-10" of snow in Rhode Island and up to 15" in eastern MA and the East Bay areas of RI. NBC 10 reports that gusts up to 50 mph are expected in eastern Mass, including Plymouth County, Cape Cod and the Islands.

The snow isn't the only thing prompting schools to shutdown on Friday. Sub-zero temps and wind will make it feel as cold as 10 to 15 degrees below zero.

Power Outages: Due to the expected high winds, power outages could come into play. Stay informed during the storm and register for broadcast text alerts by texting STORM to NGRID (64743). Sign up for e-mail alerts by creating a profile. Follow National Grid on Twitter or Facebook for the latest storm information.

The following is information about closings, cancellations and delays in Rhode Island. If you live in Massachusetts, go to Mass.gov for the latest storm updates.

2014 Winter Storm Hercules Cancellations and Delays in Rhode Island

  • School Closings: Just about every school in RI will be closed on Friday. Find a full list of closings here.

  • Business Closings: Wondering if you have to go to work or if the mall will be open on Friday, Jan. 3? Find an updated list of business closings here.

Helpful Links For Rhode Islanders:

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