Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Weston's Department of Public Works crews have been very busy the past three days clearing streets and helping the town recover from the Blizzard of 2013.
Weston's Department of Public Works crews put in a straight 30 hours of work during the Blizzard of 2013 that barreled through Weston Feb. 8 and 9. DPW Director of Operations Bob Hoffman said the town's 24 plows were in the streets working from 2 p.m. Friday right through to 8 p.m. Saturday. Additionally, 30 pieces of contracted equipment were on the job for a full 27 hours during that same time period. And the town's seven sanders spread about 216 tons of road salt Friday and Saturday. "For the type of storm we had, I think things went extremely well," Hoffman said. During the storm and in its immediate aftermath, Hoffman said the crews were busy just trying to keep roads passable. "The priority then was to keep roads open for emergency …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The service should resume by Monday, according to MBTA.com.
Updated 10:48 a.m. Looking to take the commuter rail in Weston? Well, you may want to keep shoveling out that car (or call a cab). As crews continue to dig out from the blizzard, most of MBTA service throughout the area will remain suspended Sunday. Starting at 2 p.m., limited subway and bus service will run on the Red, Orange, Blue lines between Orient Heights and Government Center, and Green Line between Kenmore and Lechmere, according to MBTA.com/weather. Limited bus service will also operate on the 1, 23, 28, 39, and Silver Line Washington Street only. Customers are encouraged to stay home and "use service sparingly," if possible, the website said. Commuter rail routes will remain suspended through Sunday. The MBTA weather update says …
Once the blinding snow and pummeling wind subsided, Weston emerged and headed straight for the best winter spot in town.
The Weston Town Green wasn't exactly packed Saturday afternoon, but a few brave souls did head for the hill. Saturday afternoon found a handful of children and parents at the top of Weston Town Green doing their best to make 2 feet of snow into a decent sledding and snowboarding hill. One parent admitted, "Too much snow, believe it or not," as sledders sank into the deep powder. Still, we have video to prove they gave it a good shot. This is making the most of a snowy situation.
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain, which is in the forecast for Monday. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers these tips.
With rain in Weston's forecast for Monday, the Blizzard of '13 may not be finished wreaking havoc in Massachusetts. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, he Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) warns that fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, MEMA says. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snowmelt. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow: Information from a release by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The Saturday suspension of mail delivery debate applies to today: but not because of USPS budget problems!
You may be wondering if there'll be any new mail in your mailbox today (that is, if you can even make it to your mailbox with all this snow.) The answer is that mail service in all of New England — not just Massachusetts — has been suspended, according to the Huffington Post. The ban extends throughout all six New England states. The unusual decision was made due to safety concerns, according to Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas. The decision came after over 2 feet of snow falling throughout much of New England made many roads impassable, she said. Dugas reminded people to clear around their mailboxes or paths to their homes by Monday, when mail delivery will resume.
The snow should begin to taper off this afternoon.
The snow came down in sheets beginning at about 7 p.m. last night, and it will continue through the morning. According to the National Weather Service, snow will continue until 1 p.m. or so, with a possible 4 to 8 inches of additional accumulation. Although the high temperature is forecasted to be around 24 degrees, winds between 20-25 mph will bring wind chill temperatures down to around zero. For more Weston storm information, check out our Weston Storm Center for all the updates you need. You can also receive Weston storm updates by following us on Facebook, Twitter or our email newsletters.
Take a photo of the snow falling out your window right now - office, home, classroom, whatever - and upload it to Weston Patch!
Saturday, February 9
As the forecasted snow storm continues to move through the Weston area today, we're asking readers to submit their best photos of the snow outside their windows! Snap a photo out the window or door of your home, office, classroom, whatever and upload it by clicking the big button above this text. Cell phone cameras work just fine, too. And if you're an Instagram user, upload your best photos with the app as well! Be sure to get your up-to-the-minute storm coverage with the Weston Patch Storm Center. NOTE: Only photos uploaded to the site will be featured; please do not email photos.
Check here for updates from Patch, public safety personnel and residents as Massachusetts rides out the Blizzard of 2013.
Thanks to the Blizzard of 2013, Weston is expecting up to 38 inches of snow this weekend! See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows snowfall in the past 24 hours. It is updated every 6 hours. This is not a map showing overall snow depth: It only tracks the amount of snow that has fallen in the past day. The map is centered around the red marker, which is in the middle of Weston Patch's coverage area.
Worst of the Blizzard of 2013 expected during the overnight hours.
Weston felt the worst of the Blizzard of 2013 during the overnight hours as whiteout and blizzard conditions buried eastern Massachusetts. But the end is in sight. WHDH meteorologist Pete Bouchard says on his blog: Final Act Storm starts to pull away mid/late morning. We can start to talk about the end game by midday as the back edge of the snow starts to work into Greater Worcester. I still think we'll see accumulating snow throughout the early part of the afternoon, but after 3pm, the storm may breath its last breath. Granted, the snow may shut down, but the wind will continue even as the skies clear. Blowing and drifting will be issues through early Sunday. Weston Patch will continue updates throughout the day on Saturday.