Saturday, February 9, 2013
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Saturday, February 9
The blizzard is underway! The blizzard of 2013 is expected to dump one to two feet of snow on the region. Show us what it looks like on your street. Please take your camera or cellphone, stick it out a window or doorway and take a photo or a video. Then upload it to this article. You can sign in with your Patch or your Facebook account. It's easy, just click the "upload" button above and follow the directions. Be sure to include a caption for your photo that lets others know where the photo was taken. The more specific you are the better, but simply mentioning the street is fine too. Let's have some fun with this and see what we can create together. Stay warm.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Let's measure the blizzard through lawn ornaments!
We at Patch like to have fun – even when we’re covering a story as big as the Blizzard of ’13! So when the biggest storm in years (potentially in the history of Boston weather) is headed our way, we get into battle mode – and even get a little silly. That’s what this idea is about – and we want you to take part too! A fun way we want to track the storm across Massachusetts is through lawn ornaments. They serve a purpose in the spring and summer, but often feel left out in the cold of winter. Not anymore. We are posting photos of lawn ornaments throughout Massachusetts to highlight snowfall across the commonwealth during and after the storm. All you need to do is hit the Upload Photos and Videos button and upload your own. If we’re stuck at…
When the city calls for a snow emergency, your first thought is, "Do I have to move my car?" Here's a list of the places you can't park on Beacon Hill, and other useful information to have during a snow emergency.
A snow emergency has been declared starting at noon Friday, so make sure you know where you can and can't park so you don't end up with an expensive ticket and a trip to a tow lot to claim your car. Not sure if you're parked on a snow artery? Here's a full list of the streets on Beacon Hill you can't park on during a snow emergency: The city website also offers this Do and Don't list for parking during a snow emergency. Click here for the full parking regulations: DO DON'T The city also listed several numbers to keep handy during storms:
Check here for updates from Patch, public safety personnel and residents as Massachusetts rides out the Blizzard of 2013.
New England may be in shutdown mode as a giant blizzard barrels through the area, but the conversation is alive and well on Twitter and the rest of the Web. Follow our live chat from Friday morning through the duration of the storm for updates in your neighborhood and around the rest of the state. Patch editors will provide continuous updates, and Twitter feeds from public officials, safety personnel and residents will let you know what's happening outside your window. If you'd like to ask a question during the chat, simply add it in the comment section above. We can't get to every question but will try our best to provide as much information as we can.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Whiteout conditions are expected as the storm intensifies.
What began as a blizzard watch for the Boston area has now been upgraded to a blizzard warning. The National Weather Service issued the warning for the majority of Eastern Massachusetts Thursday afternoon, as it anticipates about 2 feet of snow to descend upon the area Friday into Saturday. "White out conditions are anticipated as roads become snow-covered by the Friday evening commute," the warning states. "Strong north-northeast winds are anticipated with gusts up to around 60 miles per hour, resulting in blowing and drifting of snow. Damage to trees and structures along with scattered power outages are anticipated." Residents can expect the potential of snow falling at 3-to-4 inches per hour and wind gusts of more than 20 miles per …
The city is already mobilizing to clean and clear roads during and after the upcoming storm. This is their plan.
The city's public works department is readying more than 600 pieces of equipment for the upcoming storm, gearing up for what could be the biggest storm Boston has seen in years. The DPW starts their preparations by pre-treating as many streets as possible, prepping the salters, sanders and plows, and coordinating with the mayor's office to get residents to keep their cars out of the way. See this video on how they get ready. The mayor is also trying to reduce traffic by urging employers to let employees work from home and requiring only essential city personnel to come in to work. Mayor Thomas Menino has already declared a snow emergency starting at noon Friday, meaning you need to move your car off these streets so that DPW vehicles can…
Check here often for updates about service delays and cancellations, new forecast information, and more info you'll need to make it through the storm.
Thursday, February 7
Sunday morning: The travel ban has been lifted but the snow emergency (and therefore, the parking ban) remains in effect. The T will likely not run until Monday. The library remains closed today. Saturday: Just over 500 NSTAR customers in Boston were without power at around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The city appears to be one of the lighter-hit areas in the electric company's coverage area. Communities along the coast and out on the Cape are experiencing much higher rates of power outages, with more than 90 percent of NSTAR customers out in towns such as Scituate, Duxbury, Marshfield and Plymouth. Closer to Boston, the hardest hit town so far Saturday morning is Dedham, with about 3 percent of NSTAR customers without power. Experiencing an …
During severe winter weather, the MBTA may reduce its scheduling of trains, buses and other modes of transportation.
UPDATE: The MBTA is suspending all services at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Morning and afternoon service will run with "significant delays." The MBTA adjusts the scheduling of all of its modes of transportation in real time during severe snow events, and the service provides several frequently updated resources to check while the snow is coming down. On the web: The MBTA provides a winter weather website which is active during major snow events. This site will provide detail of a reduction in service in real-time: MBTA.com/winter. MBTA.com is the homepage, which also displays updates. A way to find out find out whether a specific line is experiencing a reduction in service is to check the MBTA’s service updates page. This page is always active. …
More than 600 plows will be active during this weekend's blizzard, according to the Mayor's Office.
With a borderline "historic" blizzard approaching the city, Boston officials have already begun to make arrangements for snow removal, power outages and emergecy rescue. With the latest forecasts predicting 1-2 feet of snow to fall in Boston from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, city departments are already preparing. More than 600 pieces of equipment and snowplows will be active on city streets by early Friday morning, according to the mayor's office. The Office of Emergency Management is coordinating with city agencies, NSTAR, and the Weather Service, Boston Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services have arranged for additional staffing, and police will be stationed at major intersections around the city. The Inspectional …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Boston area down to Providence could see 1-2 feet of snow on Friday into Saturday.
The National Weather Service’s winter storm alert issued earlier today has been replaced with a “Blizzard Watch,” in effect starting Friday morning. “A potential historic winter storm and blizzard is expected to drop one to two feet of snow across much of the region Friday into Saturday,” the National Weather Service alert states. The watch affects much of eastern Massachusetts, including the Boston area, as well as northern and central Rhode Island, and runs Friday morning into Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid 20s. The National Weather Service is forecasting "heavy snow with the potential for blizzard conditions and accumulations of 12 to 24 inches." Light snow is expected to develop by Friday morning, increasing in …