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Rhode Island sees Halloween snowfall for first time in 9 years as garbage men dress as Frozen

Disney on ice! Garbage collectors dress up as Frozen characters in Rhode Island as tail end of Hurricane Zeta brings unusually early snowfall

  • Snow fell in parts of the state last week as the tail end of Hurricane Zeta passed through southern New England bringing with it cold, wet and windy weather
  • Rhode Island police responded to multiple minor snow-related accidents Friday
  • Refuse collectors were seen making the most of the weather by tailoring their Halloween costumes to suit the season
  • Garbage men were caught on camera dressed as Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Disney film Frozen
  • The last snow storm on Halloween in R.I. was almost a decade ago in 2011 when a major storm blanketed parts of the state in between two and six inches
  • Since the 1900s, the state has faced snow just 16 times in October, experts say  
  • America was struck by Hurricane Zeta last week and the remnants caused the blustery conditions across Southern New England toward the end of the week

Garbage collectors dressed up as Frozen characters in Rhode Island last week as the tail end of Hurricane Zeta brought unusually early snowfall to the Ocean State. 

Snow started falling in parts of the state just before Halloween as Zeta moved from the Gulf Coast through southern New England bringing with it cold, wet and windy weather. 

Northern areas including Woonsocket were blanketed Friday while Rhode Island police were called to respond to multiple minor snow-related accidents on the roads. 

This marked the first time in nine years Rhode Island has experienced snowfall by Halloween and one of only 16 times during the month of October since 1900.  

Rhode Island experienced Halloween snowfall for the first time in nine years this year and some garbage collectors dressed for the occasion, sporting Frozen character costumes for the holiday season

Garbage men were caught on camera dressed as Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Disney film Frozen

Garbage men were caught on camera dressed as Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Disney film Frozen

Refuse collectors were seen making the most of the weather by tailoring their Halloween costumes to suit the season over in Lincoln, Providence County. 

Smartphone footage shows two men riding on the garbage truck, one dressed as Elsa and the other dressed as Anna from the popular Disney film Frozen complete with wigs and dresses. 

The person filming the workers jokingly suggested the character Elsa – who turns things she touches into snow and ice – could be behind the chilly weather. 

‘Snow in October?! Maybe these ladies have something to do with it #Frozen,’ they wrote.  

The two characters were then joined by Olaf the snowman at the back of the vehicle as they went about their working day.  

While several areas got a light dusting, in northern areas like Pascoag and Woonsocket cars and homes were blanketed in lying snow Friday. 

Rhode Island Department of Transportation were out on the roads ensuring the conditions were as safe as possible while State Police responded to eight minor snow-related accidents Friday morning, reported 12 News. 

Snow covered the tops of homes in Barrington Rhode Island at the end of October

Snow covered the tops of homes in Barrington Rhode Island at the end of October 

Snow covered the fall leaves and foliage in Barrington, marking earlier than usual snowfall

Snow covered the fall leaves and foliage in Barrington, marking earlier than usual snowfall

‘I would rather see the first snowfall come sometime in March but the ground is still warm enough so that when this kind of snowfall hits it’s not sticking,’ RIDOT Director Peter Alviti told the outlet. 

‘In the northern sections of the state we do have crews out and there will be a little bit of accumulation for a short period of time and we do have our sanders and trucks out to make sure they keep a control on that.’    

This marks the first measurable snowfall this year since April.  

Forecasters started warning Rhode Island residents to brace for snow last week with the first flakes falling Friday. 

It’s not completely unheard of for Rhode Island to be hit by snow this time of year but the last snow storm on Halloween was almost a decade ago in 2011 when a major storm blanketed parts of the state in between two and six inches. 

 

The last snow storm on Halloween was almost a decade ago in 2011 when a major storm blanketed parts of the state in between two and six inches

The last snow storm on Halloween was almost a decade ago in 2011 when a major storm blanketed parts of the state in between two and six inches

Since the 1900s, the state has faced snow just 16 times in October, according to 12 News Meteorologist Pete Mangione. 

Aside from October 29 and 30 in 2011, Providence, Rhode Island last recorded snow in October back in 1972, reported WJAR.  

Typically the Ocean State can expect to see some snow in early December. 

But this year, America was struck by Hurricane Zeta which barreled toward the Gulf Coast last week.

Zeta marked the third hurricane in two months to strike Louisiana, after it was already reeling from Laura in August and Delta earlier in October.

At least six people died and more than 2.1 million homes were left without power Thursday after the hurricane – which weakened to a Category 2 storm Wednesday before landfall – struck the coast. 

Rhode Island escaped Zeta’s wrath but she brought blustery conditions across Southern New England toward the end of the week.   

Rhode Island escaped Zeta's wrath but she brought blustery conditions across Southern New England toward the end of the week. Pictured Providence Rhode Island Friday

Rhode Island escaped Zeta’s wrath but she brought blustery conditions across Southern New England toward the end of the week. Pictured Providence Rhode Island Friday 

Snow started falling in parts of the state last week as the tail end of Hurricane Zeta passed through southern New England bringing with it cold, wet and windy weather

Snow started falling in parts of the state last week as the tail end of Hurricane Zeta passed through southern New England bringing with it cold, wet and windy weather

A school bus drives along a highway in Woonsocket as the area was blanketed Friday

A school bus drives along a highway in Woonsocket as the area was blanketed Friday

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