Sunday, February 10, 2013
Fire Captain Seth Colby said the department's shift was "business as usual."
When the governor said to stay home and stay off the road, Shrewsbury residents listened. Fire Captain Seth Colby was the shift commander during the blizzard and he said the department didn't have any major issues around town during the storm. "Everything went well," Colby said. "The storm was relatively uneventful." Colby said the department had to respond to several medical calls and transport residents to local hospitals, but the roads were clear and the department was prepared. "The Highway Department did a good job staying on top of the snow and I think the fact that people stayed off the roads and stayed home really helped," Colby said. "We had chains on the tires for the trucks and didn't have any problems." The department was …
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 Shrewbury'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…
Whether it's photos you took Friday, or a shot looking outside today, let's see what this storm has brought so far to Shrewsbury
The governor banned us from driving during the storm, so all of you weather-watchers may have had a limited vantage point from which to document the blizzard. That doesn't mean, however, that you couldn't catch a great snow scene right from the comfort of your home. And this includes the kids' furniture forts. As we rode out the storm, we started a gallery here of photos that show how this blizzard covered Shrewsbury. Let's add to it. If you snapped some photos or shot some videos, share them here, too! Just click the "upload photos and videos," button above.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Check in here to get the latest on conditions, closings and the situation.
Thanks to the blizzard, Shrewsbury is expecting up to get at least 24 inches of snow this weekend. See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
Saturday, February 9
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 Shrewsbury Patch's coverage area.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Locals weigh in on their feelings about having a blizzard.
Some could take it or leave it. Some love it. Some hate it. Based on a smattering of snow soaked interviews conducted in parking lots in town today, so far it looks like "hate" is winning the contest. Patch also notes that many people "hate" having their picture taken, and are often met with, "Oh, you're going to take my picture!? No. No. I don't want that. Find someone more photogenic." People—you're all photogenic. So what say you? Do you love or hate the blizzard? And why?
Governor Deval Patrick has declared a State of Emergency, but what does that mean?
Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency today banning car travel after 4 p.m. According to information from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, a state of emergency can involve different measures and does not always affect travel or private businesses. There may be a request for drivers to stay off the roads and for businesses to change their hours, but the governor may also order roads to be closed to non-emergency traffic. There has not been an ordered ban on travel since the Blizzard of '78. Violators could be fined up to $500 and be sentenced to a year in jail, although Governor Patrick says the main purpose is to get non-essential people off the roads. The state of emergency does not mean the state will …
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
Snow from this possibly historic storm is predicted to become heavy during the Friday evening commute.
Are you ready for what could become the biggest winter storm since 2003? A blizzard warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday. This "potential historic winter storm," is expected to drop 18 to 24 inches of heavy snow over Shrewsbury and the surrounding towns, according to the National Weather Service. Drawing comparisons to storms in 2005 and 2003 (22.5 inches and 27.5 inches in the Boston area), WHDH meteorologist Pete Bouchard blogged that this could be "the biggest snowstorm in almost a decade." Light snow will develop by Friday morning and become heavy late in the day, into the evening commute. The heaviest of the snow will fall Friday night into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Blizzard warnings …
Students can enjoy their third day off of the school year.
Due to inclement weather and expected blizzard-like conditions, the Shrewsbury Public Schools have canceled school for Friday, Feb. 8. Stay tuned to the Shrewsbury Patch Blizzard Nemo Center for updates throughout the storm. Don't forget to tell us what your plans are and upload your pictures to the Patch gallery.