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Snow, bitter cold grips Rhode Island

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A bitter cold blanketed Rhode Island on Friday as residents began digging out from a storm that dumped several inches of snow.

The National Weather Service said temperatures were in the single digits around the state Friday morning. The wind chill at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick fell to minus-20 overnight.

The service said snow totals were expected to be between 6 inches and 10 inches, far less than the nearly 2 feet in parts of Massachusetts.  An unofficial report of 11 inches of snow was made in Pawtucket.  T.F. Green Airport reported 7.2 inches of snow.

Around the state, communities opened warming centers at libraries, senior centers and other buildings to give people a place to get out of the cold.

Virtually all schools were closed. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority detoured some routes.

As the storm pulled away, attention turned to clean up.

Judy Lynch, a 65-year-old widow from Cranston, needed her driveway shoveled. That's where the Dawn and Ray Maxwell come in. They volunteered to do the job through Serve Rhode Island.

"Everybody has elderly parents. We both do, and we want to pay it forward. Hopefully when we're our parents' age someone will do the same for us," said Dawn Maxwell.

Volunteers can sign up to help on the Serve Rhode Island website.

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