Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Maybe you saw the Milford Highway Department machine that scooped up snow from snowbanks, and spit it out into a large truck. Where does it go?
Some of the 28 inches dumped on Milford during the Blizzard of 2013 has melted by now, but a lot of it was hauled away in recent days by Milford Highway Department workers. One machine, operated overnight, sucked up the top of snowbanks and spit them out into a large truck. So where does the snow go? It gets trucked off to Asylum Street, where a mountain of snow and grit is now piled up on town property.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Updated: Superintendent Robert Tremblay on Sunday announced that schools would reopen Monday, but that people need to use caution. He later reconsidered.
UPDATED: Milford Schools will be closed, after all. Superintendent Robert Tremblay decided Sunday night that he would keep schools closed Monday. A message to parents will be sent out by the school system. Original Post: The Milford public schools will reopen Monday, Superintendent Robert Tremblay announced on Sunday, but drivers, parents and students need to exercise caution. He encouraged parents of students who walk to arrange for rides to school. The Milford Highway Department will be working through Sunday to have sidewalks cleared as best they are able, Tremblay wrote, in a message to parents on the school system website. The department expects that 60-70 percent of the sidewalks will be clear by the morning. And the department also …
Milford residents started uncovering buried cars, parking spaces, walkways and mailboxes on Saturday. And some enjoyed the 28 inches of snow.
Milford residents wasted no time Saturday in trying to put their cars, driveways, walkways and routines in order. As soon as light appeared, people were starting to shovel out from the Blizzard of 2013, which dropped 28 inches of snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Elderly neighbors may need an extra helping hand during the Blizzard, which should be winding down later this morning.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Saturday, February 9
The Blizzard of 2103 should be winding down later this morning. No time like today to do a good deed, look out for elderly neighbors and make sure everyone's OK. Here’s a short list of ways to offer a bit of help to someone who might be in need of some support: Even if you don't know your neighbor by name, chances are he or she would welcome your friendly “check in” and assistance. So don’t be shy, commit a act of neighborly kindness. Tell us: How are you helping your neighbors or family members during this storm? Is our list missing a tip or suggestion. Add it in the comments!
Friday, February 8, 2013
Winds and snow drifts, however, could continue through the weekend.
Snow is falling hard throughout the region and it is forecast to continue into Saturday afternoon. "I still think we'll see accumulating snow throughout the early part of the afternoon, but after 3 p.m., the storm may breath its last breath," wrote WHDH Chief Meteorologist Pete Bouchard in the Channel 7 Weather Blog. The storm will start to pull out to ocean by midday, Bouchard said. The snow will pull away with the storm, but the wind will pick up. "Blowing and drifting will be issues through early Sunday," wrote Bouchard. When all is over with, the National Weather Service is predicting, the storm will have dropped about two feet of snow on the area. Those totals were lowered from Friday morning predictions.
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The Milford Highway Department has 20 full time workers out today and 45 contractors, who will start plowing when the snow accumulates on the roads, and keep plowing until the blizzard ends.
The Milford Highway Surveyor said he's confident the department is ready for the Blizzard of 2013, which could dump some 2 feet of snow on Milford overnight. The snow started falling Friday morning, but has not yet started accumulating. At its peak, however, it will fall at a rate of 2 to 3 inches an hour. Blizzard conditions are expected by tonight, that's winds exceeding 35 mph for at least three hours. Scott Crisafulli, Milford's Highway Surveyor, said the department has 20 full time workers out today, and will have 45 contractors too, all plowing routes. They will stay on until the snow is cleared. "They stay on until it's done," Crisafulli said. Unlike the National Grid crews, who will not work on lines until the winds subside, the …
Traffic was heavy across Milford on Friday morning and the early afternoon, as residents prepared for the arrival of the Blizzard of 2013. Travel conditions had become slick by 3 p.m.
The grocery stores were jammed. Drivers topped off tanks. The coffee shops had lines. Even the CVS parking lot on South Main Street was packed. Many Milford residents ran around town today, getting last minute preparations done before the blizzard arrives. Snow started falling Friday morning, but as of 1 p.m., no winds yet. The worst of the storm is expected to begin this afternoon. By then, only emergency workers will be allowed on the roads. Gov. Deval Patrick has ordered all non-emergency personnel off the roads by 4 p.m.
Not all meteorologists accept the name game, or acknowledge this storm as Nemo.
You've probably heard occasional—but perhaps not frequent—references to this winter storm as "Nemo." While it makes for some good jokes about that cute little orange fish, Nemo is not the brainchild of the Disney Corporation, but rather, a pre-determined name The Weather Channel gave to this latest storm. If you missed it: The Weather Channel in November announced it would name "noteworthy winter storms" in the 2012-13 winter season. Sure, snowstorms have been informally named after the fact (remember Snowtober?) This is the first season, however, that The Weather Channel is naming them as it does hurricanes and tropical storms. The rationale? According to the Weather Channel, names raise awareness, make it easier to follow a weather …
A blizzard warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
OK, so that two feet of snow we were preparing to get last night? Better add another foot to that. The National Weather Service on Friday morning adjusted its predicted snowfall totals to three feet. The timing of the snowfall is roughly the same: light snow falling in Worcester, Middlesex and Norfolk counties Friday morning, and becoming heavy later in the afternoon and into the Friday evening commute. So, as WHDH meteorologist Jeremy Reiner notes in his blog, you have a "few hours left this morning" to run some errands, but travel will deteriorate this afternoon. By 7 tonight, most towns will have 2 to 4 inches, Reiner predicted. The storm should be the worst from 7 p.m. Friday to noon tomorrow, when snow could fall at a rate of 2 to 3 …