A storm will bring additional accumulations of snow to Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts in the overnight hours into Friday.
The weather will have an impact on the Friday morning commute, but conditions will improve by midday.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the northern part of Rhode Island and parts of eastern Massachusetts through 1 p.m. Friday. The heaviest snow will be interior southeastern Massachusetts. (See Storm Team 10 forecast.)
With wind and waves, the concern in Narragansett Thursday was not snow piling up, but sand washing away.
"This year we hope we have sand to sit on this summer," said Ann Grossman.
Ann and Ed Grossman have watched their favorite summer spot, Narragansett Town Beach, get an extreme makeover from Mother Nature.
From Narragansett to Misquamicut and Matunuck, South County beaches are missing dunes that were here just a few months ago.
"We have no sand down there to erode ... It's all rocks," Ed Grossman said. "Sand just goes. It ends up some place else, but not here, unfortunately."
The winter storm may not be as severe as others, but the hits just keep coming. Part of the parking lot at Narragansett Town Beach washed out during past storms.
Locals who visit the beach year-round notice the landscape changing right before their eyes.
"It's changed dramatically. The erosion has revealed all those piers you could never see before," said Nancy Leslie.
Leslie took her dog for a snowy and windy walk Thursday morning as bulldozers worked to clean up the mess left when earlier storms ate away at the beach.
"They've been piling it back up here, but I imagine by the end of the day it's going to be back in the parking lot," she said.
In the seacoast town of Scituate, Mass., about 30 miles south of Boston, about a dozen streets were closed after Thursday morning's high tide sent 2 to 2 1/2 feet of water washing into some areas.
Police Chief Brian Stewart said shoreline residents are "strongly advised" to leave before the next high tide, scheduled for about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Drivers in the northern part of Rhode Island said Thursday they're sick of dealing with snow.
"Oh yes. I'm ready for the spring," said one person.
"Yeah, I wish it was gone," said another.
With the blizzard still fresh in his memory, Stan Eason said he wants to be prepared. He works for Woonsocket Neighbor Works, keeping sidewalks and parking lots clear.
"We're getting ready to get some salt on the walkways, make sure they're safe for residents," Eason said.
For the most part in Woonsocket and Smithfield, roads were manageable and spirits were still high.
"I actually think people are babies these days compared to what it used to be," Bill Gaynor said.
Eason said next week's forecast, showing temperatures in the 50s, is what's getting him through this latest blast of winter.
"I'm counting on Gary (Ley) and the Channel 10 crew there. I'm hoping that spring is here," he said.
No widespread power outages were reported.
T.F. Green Airport reported that most flights were on schedule.
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