Sunday, February 10, 2013
Teachers received the call on Sunday afternoon that classes have been cancelled for a second day due to the blizzard.
The snow has stopped, but the Blizzard of 2013 is still having an impact in Wilmington. Word began to spread on Twitter that school has been cancelled, as it was Friday, and at 4:30 p.m. Superintendent of Schools confirmed the news in an e-mail to Patch. Many sidewalks in the town remained filled with snow by weekend's end and many readers have reported that some side roads remain messy. "Storm cleanup is going to continue a few days after the snow stops, but we’ll be working hard to get things back to normal as soon as possible,” Department of Public Works assistant superintendent Jamie Magaldi told Patch on Thursday. Schools have already been closed in towns around the region, including North Reading and Woburn.
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 Wilmington'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, the 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 (…
Show us what Friday's storm looked like at your home by uploading photos to share with your neighbors.
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 Wilmington mailbox today (that is, if you can even make it to your mailbox, with all this snow.) Several readers have asked that question, including Wilmington Patch Facebook follower Diane Cisto Breslin. 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 two 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 …
The transit shutdown that began on Friday afternoon will continue indefinitely.
The now two-day blizzard that has crushed Boston has caused the MBTA to stay shut down through Saturday. “Due to the impacts of a severe winter storm, MBTA service will remain suspended on all modes Saturday, February 9, 2013,” says a post on MBTA.com. MBTA personnel will be clearing tracks in an effort to get the subways, commuter rail trains and buses back up and running. The MBTA does not have an estimate on when service will resume, meaning Wilmington's commuter rail stops will be among those remaining closed until the clean up is completed. One impact that the MBTA closure will likely have is at TD Garden, where the Boston Bruins are scheduled to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but was …
As predicted, the town has been slammed with over a foot of snow on Friday and Saturday.
At the same time as Avalon Oaks was up in flames, firefighters received a call for a van on fire in the Knights of Columbus parking lot.
There wasn't much down time for firefighters in Wilmington on Friday. At the same time that flames were shooting through the roof of an Avalon Oaks apartment building, firefighters received a call for a van on fire in the Knights of Columbus parking lot - and all in the middle of a blizzard. Flames destroyed a building on Avalon Drive, reportedly due to a gas grill on a second story balcony, during an incident that began at about 4 p.m. and lasted throughout the evening. Meanwhile, at about 6 p.m., dispatch received a call for a van that was fully engulfed in flames. Because Wilmington firefighters were engaged with the Avalon Oaks fire, the Lowell Fire Department put out the van fire, according to scanner reports.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Take a photo of the snow falling out your window right now - office, home, classroom, whatever - and upload it to Wilmington Patch!
As the forecasted snow storm moves into the Wilmington 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 Wilmington Patch Storm Center. NOTE: Only photos uploaded to the site will be featured; please do not email photos.
Wilmington officials issued a warning to residents while Reading Municipal Light Department representatives said they're "well prepared" for the blizzard.
Wilmington officials announced on Friday morning that all town offices, including Wilmington Memorial Library, will close at noon due to the storm that is officially underway with some falling snow in the area. "Residents are encouraged to remain off the roads during the storm," a press release issued by the town this morning reads. "The first priority for plowing operations will be keeping the roads cleared and safe for emergency operations." The release reminded residents to only call 911 in case of an emergency, and to call (978) 658-5071 in non-emergency situations. Any power outages can be reported to Reading Municipal Light Department at (781) 944-1340. RMLD, for its part, says it is ready to handle whatever the blizzard brings. “…
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? Might want to 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: with light snow falling in Middlesex County 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 inches per …