(Updated 9 p.m.) Storm Center Notebook: Snowfall Updates, Wednesday Closings, Outages (Video)
Mar 13, 2018 01:38AM
● By Bill Gilman
The view in Tewksbury from the Tewksbury Police
This video from the center of town shows the snow and wind have picked up in #Tewksbury. Road conditions have deteriorated significantly in the past hour. #DontCrowdThePlow and limit unnecessary travel today! Parking ban in effect; no street parking until the storm is over. TPD21 pic.twitter.com/xVFtN4P27E— Tewksbury Police (@TewksburyPD) March 13, 2018
More than a foot of snow blanked the area again, though this one did not bring the devastating power outages as last week's storm did.
Still, the cleanup will take quite a while and, as such, schools throughout the region have already announced plans to close on Wednesday.
Dracut Superintendent Steven Stone included this little nugget of info in his cancellation announcement -- as a result of all the snow days, the last day of school in Dracut will now be June 29.
Days off always come with a price.
Flurries are still coming down and will continue into the early morning hours.
However, the storm is, for all intents and purposes, over.
Depending on where you are in the Merrimack Valley, snowfall totals vary from 15 inches all the way up to 19 inches.
However, this snow was considerably more light and fluffy in the Merrimack Valley Region than last week's storm. As a result, power outages have been minimal.
As of 9 p.m., there are still more than 183,000 people without power in Massachusetts.
The good news is just seven customers in Dracut and just seven in Tewksbury are without power.
The Latest From Public Safety Officials
From The Tewksbury DPW
Branch Up Date
DPW continues to clean up the Town from falling limbs and snow removal. Fallen trees and limbs that were on private property are NOT the Town’s responsibility and will not be picked up if dragged to the street. Residents who have debris from falling branches should keep them in their yard and dispose of them when the town has yard waste pick-up in the Spring. Branch pickup is scheduled for: April 23 - May 25, 2018. We will not have a special pickup for any falling debris. Due to the amount of fallen debris sidewalks cannot be plowed at this time and will be address after the next snow storm on Tuesday.
From Tewksbury Police
The Tewksbury Police Department is open 24/7 for residents to charge devices, get warm, and get storm updates. Please report any emergency needs, including shelter and medical needs, directly to Tewksbury Police Department. TPD2
From Mass DOT
#MAsnow Update: Plan ahead for Wednesday, build more time into AM commute, check @MBTA transit schedules: http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/massdot-highway/massdot-winter-storm-update/
Despite the large crew working on the roads, snow falling at such a fast rate, along with heavy winds in parts of the state, is challenging and will require work throughout much of tomorrow. Please allow time for highway personnel to get the roads clear before traveling. #MAsnow
From Gov. Charlie Baker
Governor Baker has announced an 11 AM delayed start time for all non-emergency state executive branch employees Wednesday (3/14) due to today's blizzard as road crews and public safety officials recover from high snowfall and downed trees. #MAsnow
Strong winds and #MAsnow may cause power outages , particularly southeast MA. Keep electronicscharged, locate flashlights& radio Power outage safety & preparedness tips: http://bit.ly/2j5qs8X
Closures and Postponements For Tuesday, March 13
- Tewksbury Public Schools are closed
- Shawsheen Tech is closed
- Dracut Public Schools are closed
- Greater Lowell Tech is closed
- Dracut Board of Selectmen’s meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
- Tewksbury Board of Selectmen's Meeting is postponed and is rescheduled to March 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
- All Massachusetts Court locations will be closed.
- KYOTO in Tewksbury will be closed today 03/13 due to the weather! Will re-open at 11:30 am Thursday stay warm and be safe
- The Sky Box in Tewksbury is closed today
- In Tewksbury, Republic Services has postponed Trash and RED Recycling until Thursday, March 15, 2018. As the storm progresses this may change.
- Dracut Trash and Recycle will NOT be picked up on Tuesday (March 13) due to the impending snow storm. We will be on a one-day delay from Tuesday on.
- Lowell General Hospital Urgent Care and Patient Service Centers in Billerica, Lowell, and Westford will have a delayed opening at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 13. Patient Service centers in North Andover and Tewksbury will be closed.
- Governor Charlie Baker has announced that all offices for non-emergency state executive branch employees will be closed Tuesday. Heavy snowfall and high winds will result in hazardous driving conditions and the administration is urging residents to stay off roadways and to use public transportation when possible.
- Tewksbury Public Schools are closed Wednesday
- TMHS Winter Sports Banquet postponed. It will now take place on Wednesday the 21st of March at 7pm.
- Shawsheen Tech is closed Wednesday. Decisions about Wednesday afternoon and evening activities will be announced in the morning.
- Greater Lowell Tech is closed Wednesday
- Dracut Public Schools are closed Wednesday
- On Wednesday, March 14, courts in Berkshire, Hampden and Hampshire Counties will open at regular times. All other counties will delay opening until 10 a.m..
What is YOUR responsibility to get fixed and what is the responsibility of National Grid (from National Grid)
Storms can damage electrical equipment on your home, which will require an electrician. We understand it is frustrating to pay an electrician for this type of damage. Before you do, please check to see what you own (black) and what is National Grid’s responsibility (blue). pic.twitter.com/XE9ilyG2N3— National Grid US (@nationalgridus) March 13, 2018
Live video from The Dracut Connection
So many people putting in long hours to keep the trains running, the tracks clear, and the stations and stops safe. Thanking those at the #MBTA Operations Center for their efforts in this storm and every day to move the public. #MAsnow pic.twitter.com/fc3SeXKM42— Karyn Polito (@MassLtGov) March 13, 2018