Thursday, February 14, 2013
National Grid provided this video of their cleanup/restoration efforts during the last blizzard.
An army of crews worked around the clock to restore power to those affected by the 2013 Blizzard. As of 4 p.m. last Saturday, 147,000 had been restored, which was down from a peak of 170,000 on Friday night. Check out this video from National Grid that highlights the efforts. How do you feel the town's response to the blizzard was? Share your comments in the comments section below.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
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 Northborough'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 (…
Have Blizzard Photos From Northborough? Share Them Here!
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 Northborough. 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
Be sure to check in with Northborough Patch for the latest developments.
Thanks to the blizzard, Northborough 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 Northborough 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 we conducted in parking lots in town Friday afternoon, 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
The town issues an official message to residents, with tips and helpful numbers.
Submitted by the town of Northborough Based on the latest storm track, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) anticipates a major winter storm that will impact the state on Friday and Saturday. Primary concerns continue to be high amounts of snow (1-2 feet across much of the state), high winds (gusts up to 80 mph along the coast, up to 50 mph within the Rte. 95 corridor, and up to 40 mph further inland), moderate and major coastal flooding, and associated widespread, extended power outages. Town Officials have been working throughout the week monitoring the storm track and forecasts, assembling resources and planning responses. Town officials will continue to monitor information that is provided by MEMA and will put more …
People stocked up in anticipation of the pending snow day.
One man's order today, sitting on the conveyor belt at Wegmans, was simply this: Budweiser, milk, peanut butter and wine. And that's all he needs. Patch can tell you with certainty that Rocky's Hardware is out of generators. In fact, they haven't been able so secure any since Hurricane Sandy. But Rocky's has plenty of other items, and people were flocking to the store to get the essentials. And don't look for fresh basil at Wegmans. They sold out in the morning. But who the heck needs fresh basil to make it through the storm? Plenty of frozen pizzas, milk, water, eggs and ... booze ... was flying out of the supermarket today. Take a look at what people are stocking up on before the storm that is looking to dump two feet on the area by …