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Milford Storm Central: How Much Snow Fell in Milford?

Check back here for updates on the first significant snow storm of 2014.

Route 140 in Upton is scraped down to a frozen surface, for the most part, and deserted. Credit: Mary MacDonald
Route 140 in Upton is scraped down to a frozen surface, for the most part, and deserted. Credit: Mary MacDonald
Two days into the New Year and we're in the thick of our first significant snow storm. Get the snow shovels ready, or the snow blower if you have one. Below is what you need to know. We will be updating this storm center article throughout the storm, so be sure to check back throughout.

Snow Totals

Well, this one wasn't one for the records for Milford. Judging by the National Weather Service map, updated as of 9 a.m. Friday, Milford and surrounding towns got between 3 to 6 inches. Boston, on the other hand, got a foot. This report from the National Weather Service, includes a spotter here who found 9 inches.

Closures and Cancelations:

All Milford Community School Use programs are cancelled for Friday. But everything resumes as scheduled on Saturday and Sunday.

Delayed opening: Milford Town Hall will open at noon Friday, according to town administrator Rick Villani.

All state courts will be closed Friday. The following notice was distributed at 9:20 a.m.: "Snow volume, high winds and severe temperatures, and road conditions make it advisable to remain closed for the safety of the public and court staff. Emergency matters can be addressed through the Judicial Response system which typically operates outside of normal court hours."

Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday night that all state offices would be closed on Friday, and he urged private employers to do the same.

Trash will be collected Friday, but on a delayed schedule. Town officials ask that residents NOT put out trash Thursday night as this will affect plowing overnight. And they ask for patience Friday, too.

Milford Federal Savings & Loan will open at 11 a.m. Friday.

Milford Schools will be closed Friday and all evening activities are cancelled Thursday.

Milford Youth Center will not have after-school activities Thursday and will be closed on Friday due to the weather. There will also be no Adult Open Gym Thursday.

Milford Senior Center activities, including dance classes, are cancelled for Friday. The building itself will be open unless Town Hall closes.

Milford Town Library will close early Thursday, at 6 p.m. And it will be closed on Friday.

State Offices to Close at 3 PM: In a noon press conference, Gov. Deval Patrick ordered non-essential state employees home by 3 p.m. Thursday. Highways and the MBTA will remain open through the storm. Patrick asked private businesses to let their workers out early as a major winter storm bears down on Massachusetts.

Overnight Parking Ban

May go without saying, but it is in effect. During snow storms, police will order tow trucks if they can't find owners to move them off-street. So, by midnight Thursday, move them somewhere off the street. Milford Police advise parking in municipal lots during the storm if you do not have a driveway. These include: lots on Pine St, Fayette, Exchange, Central, Jefferson or across from Sacred Heart Church. (See Police Chief's comments below)

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:

Offers tips on extreme cold

Milford Emergency Contacts
  • In case of an emergency, dial 911. An emergency does NOT include telling police your power or cable is out.
  • Milford Police Department - (508) 473-1113
  • Milford Fire Department, Birch Street headquarters - (508) 473-2256
  • National Grid power outages: 800-465-1212
  • National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
  • NStar: Report a power outage website
  • Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
  • Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)
  • MBTA Anderson/Woburn station: service updates
Be sure to follow Milford Patch on Facebook and Twitter, as often the news breaks there first. 

Do you have a cancellation to report? Post a comment on this story or send an email to Editor Mary MacDonald at mary.macdonald@patch.com
Thomas OLoughlin January 02, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Hi Mary, people can park in the Municipal Lots (off Pine St, Fayette, Exchange, Central, Jefferson or across from Sacred Heart Church) during the storm. This does not include Town Hall, the Library, Senior Center or Schools because the plows have to clear these areas so that they can open for services as soon as needed. Residents who have a Winter Parking Sticker or who live on Prentice Avenue are not exempt and must remove their vehicles from the roadway or they too will be towed. Removal of vehicles from the roadway assists the Highway Department in conducting their responsibilities to make the roadways safe. I want to thank residents for their cooperation. Chief Tom OLoughlin
Thomas OLoughlin January 02, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Also, this is a great opportunity for residents to create their SMART911 Profile at smart911.com. This profile will give you the opportunity to provide vital information to the Public Safety Dispatchers should you dial 911 from your cell phone or home phone. When the weather impacts on the time in which police, fire and EMS respond to emergencies, having this information could prove to be critical. Please go to smart911.com and create your personal confidential profile. None of the information is stored at the Milford Police Department, it is provided to the dispatcher only when you dial 911. Chief Tom OLoughlin
Patricia Partlow January 02, 2014 at 12:24 PM
The Milford Town Library will be closing early today at 6:00 PM. Please stay tuned to WMRC radio or the Patch for a possible delayed opening or closing tomorrow.
Thomas OLoughlin January 02, 2014 at 01:19 PM
There will be NO SCHOOL in Milford on Friday, January 3, 2014 per Superintendent Robert Tremblay. Chief Tom OLoughlin
Patricia Partlow January 02, 2014 at 03:53 PM
The Milford Town Library will be CLOSED on Friday, January 3, 2014 due to the inclement weather. Stay safe everyone.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) January 03, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Milford Town Hall will open at noon Friday.

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