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(UPDATED 9:45 p.m.) Schools Closed Wednesday, Town Offices Opening Late

Jan 26, 2015 03:05PM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Town Hall at 9 a.m., photo by Mark Kratman.

Gallery: Winter Storm Juno -- The Blizzard of 2015 [7 Images] Click any image to expand.


 

Welcome to our continuing coverage of Winter Storm Juno, aka The Blizzard of 2015.
We will be continuing to provide updates with the latest news and information throughout the course of the storm and into Wednesday, so check back frequently.
As always, this is an interactive process. If you have news from your neighborhood regarding trees down, power outages, accidents, etc. please post them in the comment section below or email to Bill@yourtewksburytoday.com.

As of Wednesday, 2 p.m.

The Latest News

  • The Tewksbury School Committee meeting has been rescheduled from January 28, 2015 until Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Gov. Charlie Baker has announced that the travel ban will be lifted at midnight tonight.
  • The total snowfall for Tewksbury is expected to be 23 inches.
    • School Superintendent Dr. John O'Connor has announced Tewksbury schools will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 28.
    • Town manager Richard Montuori said town offices (Town Hall, Senior Center) will be open Wednesday but will not open until 10:30 a.m.
    • The Tewksbury Public Library is CLOSED Wednesday and will re-open Thursday at 10 a.m.
    • No decision has been made yet on extra-curricular events, such as sports events, for Wednesday. A decision is expected to be made by noon.

    The Storm Itself

    Winter Storm Juno Struck with a vengeance overnight. As of 8:45 a.m., Tewksbury already had 19.5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service, with plenty more expected.
    Tonight -- Snow, mainly before midnight. Patchy fog before 9pm. Patchy freezing fog before 7pm. Low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -5. Blustery, with a northwest wind 14 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
    Here are two links two help you keep track of the latest weather conditions.
  • Map: Snowfall totals in region
  • Map: Town-by-town temperatures in Greater Boston
  • Plows Trying To Keep Up With Snow, Few Outages

    Town manager Richard Montuori reports no major problems in Tewksbury. Plows are tying to keep up with the snowfall and are doing the best they can to clear the streets.
    According to Montuori, there are 16 town trucks and 63 private contractors working to clear the roads. The DPW warns that even when cars are able to travel again, roads will be narrow and there will be blinds spots due to piles of plowed snow. Residents should be extra cautious and patient. 
    There are still no plans to open a shelter in Tewksbury, however,  a Regional Shelter will be located at Donald P Timony  Grammar School, 45 Pleasant View St., Methuen.

    Power Outages And Road Closings

    There are no Tewksbury power outages to report at this time. However, across the state, more than 13,000 are without power, mostly on the coast and around Cape Cod.
    The lack of power outages appears to be due to the fact that the snow is of the light and fluffy variety rather than the heavy, wet snow that can take down tree limbs and power lines.

    The governor's travel ban is in effect.
    According to Town Manager Richard Montuori, there are 16 town trucks and 63 private contractors working to clear the roads. The DPW warns that even when cars are able to travel again, roads will be narrow and there will be blinds spots due to piles of plowed snow. Residents should be extra cautious and patient.

    Cancellations, Closings and Alerts

    • The Tewksbury School Committee meeting has been rescheduled from January 28, 2015 until Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
    • All Tewksbury School related activities are cancelled for Monday, Jan. 26 and Tuesday, Jan. 27
    • Economic Development Process Review Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, 
    • Jan. 26 has been cancelled.
    • Planning Board meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 26 has been cancelled.
    • Trash pickup has been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 28
    • Tuesday, Jan. 27 Board of Selectmen's meeting has been cancelled.
    • All Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce events have been postponed for Tuesday Jan. 27 and Wednesday, Jan. 28. Check the Chamber website for rescheduling dates.
    • The Tewksbury Memorial High School PAC meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 26 has been rescheduled to Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.
    • Town offices are expected to be closed Tuesday, Jan. 27 (not official yet) 
    • MBTA Service will cease at 12 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 and will not resume until Wednesday, Jan. 28
    • Logan Airport has cancelled all domestic flights after 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 and all day Tuesday, Jan. 27. International flights are cancelled after 10:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26 and all day Tuesday, Jan. 27
    • Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a State of Emergency. All State Offices will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 27 and a travel ban goes into effect at midnight, Tuesday, Jan. 27.
    • Tewksbury's parking ban will be enforced. Cars parked along the sides of roads will be towed to clear a path for plows.
    • Tewksbury Recycling Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28, has been postponed.
    • Useful Links and Resources

      Town of Tewksbury Twitter Feed
      Tewksbury Police Twitter Feed
      Town of Tewksbury Web Site
      Tewksbury Police Department Non-Emergency Number  -- 978-851-7373

    MEMA Emergency Tips For Before, During And After A Severe Winter Storm

    National Grid Power Outage Central and to report an outage or call 1-800-465-1212.

    For non-emergency assistance and information, including shelter locations, call 2-1-1 or visit www.mass211.org.

    Download the FREE Massachusetts Alerts app to get information and alerts on your smartphone (for iPhone and Android devices)

    Weather information can be obtained from the National Weather Service (NWS):

    NWS Boston (covering eastern and central Massachusetts). NWS Boston website

    Visit http://www.mbta.com/ for bus, subway and commuter rail service alerts and www.massport.com for Logan Airport information 

    See the MEMA Twitter feed (also included on webpage below) for frequent storm updates and safety tips.

    And About That Goat ... 

    The 200-pound goat that escaped from the Oliveira Farm/Slaughterhouse last month has been captured and is safe.
    According to Boston.com, the goat was captured by the Animal Rescue League of Boston using a cage trap sometime overnight near Route 495 in Westford.
    The goat had previously eluded several capture attempts.
    A spokesman for the Animal Rescue League said the goat is safe at a shelter and will eventually be relocated but will not be returning to the slaughterhouse.
    Apparently his quest for freedom was a success and he has safe shelter before the blizzard.

    In case you have questions

    Evacuations on the coast

    Stay off the Roads!

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