Saturday, February 9, 2013
Bookmark this page for local updates as the cleanup continues.
Editor's note: Milford updates on news relating to the blizzard, and notices of reopenings and rescheduligs, will be posted here and updated regularly. Reopenings/Rescheduled: The Hockomock YMCA branches will reopen on Sunday. The Hopkinton Center for the Arts Women's Art Forum, originally scheduled for February 8, will be February 15. The benefit Winter Pops concert at the Portuguese Club Sat., to benefit the Claflin Hill Symphony, has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Tickets will be available at the door. Thanks to Yanks Magic Show at Stacy Middle School Sunday has been postponed. A new date has not been set. News information: 8:50 a.m., Feb. 10: MBTA service remains suspended Sunday, including commuter rail. Goal: restoring …
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…
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
Milford Fire Chief John Touhey said people should be finished with any blizzard preparations by Friday morning. Then, stay inside.
If you are planning to get some emergency supplies for the blizzard, get it done tonight. John Touhey, Milford's emergency management director and fire chief, said people should be off the roads by early Friday afternoon, when the snow will begin falling in heavy bands. By early evening, blizzard conditions are expected. What is a blizzard? Winds of 35 mph or more sustained for three hours or more. The blowing snow, even if snowfall is light, will make travel hazardous. The temperatures are expected to drop to the teens by Friday afternoon, Touhey said, which means the snow will be lighter in weight, but roads will be more difficult to clear because of drifting conditions. The forecast shared with emergency officials has not changed, he …
Milford Schools will be closed on Friday, due to the expected blizzard.
Milford Public Schools will be closed on Friday, the school system has announced. And no activities will take place at school facilities this weekend, including athletics. Superintendent Robert Tremblay said it is one of the earliest cancellations he's called, but he cited the coming storm, and the need for families to prepare. In addition, the following cancellations or early closures have been announced: Milford District Court, and all state courts, will close at 3 p.m. Friday. The "Dressed Up Not Messed Up Fashion Show" at the Milford Youth Center, scheduled for Saturday, will be held on Feb. 16 instead. In addition, because the center follows the public schools schedule, the center will be closed on Friday. The Milford Transfer Station…
The area could see nearly two feet of snow.
New England is bracing for a blizzard this weekend. The Milford area could see some 2 feet of snow, the largest snow accumulation since 2010. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for most of eastern Massachusetts including Milford, calling it a "potential historic winter storm." We could see snow falling at 3-to-4 inches per hour and wind gusts of more than 20 miles per hour. The storm is expected to make travel difficult by 2 p.m. Friday, although earlier in the day it should be just flurries and light snowfall, according to WHDH-TV meteorologist Pete Bouchard. “I think it's time to prepare for the biggest storm since December 26th and 27th of 2010,” Bouchard writes in his latest blog post. “For the snow hounds, your …
Milford will collect trash and recycling on an earlier schedule Friday, to try to get it done before the storm hits.
Milford will still collect residential trash and recycling on Friday, the day of the storm. But residents are encouraged to put it out earlier than normal to allow the town's workers to beat the storm. The following note from Paul Mazzuchelli, Milford health agent: "Because of the potential snow storm predicted to be coming on Friday, curbside rubbish/recycling will begin one hour earlier on Friday." Curbside pick-up will begin at 6 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. Resident cooperation is greatly appreciated by the Milford Board of Health."
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Get your milk and bread, bring the firewood inside and get some batteries in the flashlights. This may be a humdinger!
Jim Arnold, weather specialist with Shrewsbury Emergency Management, doesn't think he's used the words "fasten your seatbelts" in a weather update more than four times in the past 25 years. On Wednesday, he did. "I think we will see blizzard conditions developing by late Friday afternoon," said Arnold. "Snow will begin around or just before dawn and should be fairly light until mid morning when it will become heavier and the wind will begin to increase. Heavy blowing and drifting snow should be our lot during the afternoon possibly reaching blizzard and occasional whiteout conditions in the late afternoon, and continuing throughout the night and into early Saturday morning." There is also the chance of seeing “thundersnow”, from embedded …