A Look Back at The Blizzard of 2013 in Salem

The Blizzard of 2013 roared through Salem Friday night and brought with it high winds and staggering snow totals.

Between Friday evening and late Saturday morning, The Blizzard of 2013 dropped more than a foot of snow on the city of Salem, caused white-out conditions and had local residents dealing with some minor coastal flooding.

News of the storm prompted a rush at the Salem Market Basket Thursday afternoon and local firefighters responded to a report of overcrowding shortly after 12 p.m.

At 11:51 a.m. Friday, local police officers responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Madeline Avenue and Appleby Road. A man told police he started his girlfriend's car to warm it up and when he came back the car was down a hill and against another vehicle.

Despite the 20 inches of snow and wind gusts as high as 50 mph, there were very few reported power outages in Salem, according to the National Grid Power Outage Map, and many local business owners were able to reopen by Saturday afternoon.

At 11:15 a.m., Salem firefighters responded to a report of minor coastal flooding near Pioneer Terrace, according to the department's unofficial Facebook page.

Police responded to only a handful of weather-related motor vehicle accidents during the storm. Gov. Deval Patrick issued a statewide driving ban beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, which prompted quite the discussion among our readers.

Members of the Salem Fire Department were kept busy overnight Friday, extinguishing two reported snow plow fires. In the morning, firefighters were called in to rescue a horse on Robinson Road that managed to get itself wedged under a fence while rolling in the snow.

Plow drivers working to clear the roads through the center of the city Friday night were operating in near white-out conditions and snow was falling at a rate of two to three inches per hour at times.

When Salem residents opened their windows Saturday morning, they were greeted by high snow drifts and the potential for coastal flooding at the 10 a.m. high tide. 

Cross-country skiers, snow-shoers and sledders were out and about on local streets by mid-morning and roads were passable by the time the statewide parking ban was lifted at 4 p.m.

CLICK HERE to check out some amazing user-submitted photos from the storm.

Salem residents are being encouraged to clear their sidewalks and any fire hydrants near their homes. You should also make time to look around the outside of your home to make sure your vents aren't blocked by snow.

There's rain in the forecast, so Click Here for tips on how to minimize the risk of over-stressing a roof due to accumulated or drifting snow.

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JOHN CAHILL February 10, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Liz February 10, 2013 at 04:22 PM
The storm has come and gone, and my street is still not plowed. I can't walk beyond my shoveled front stairs without landing into 2 foot snowdrifts. It was plowed once Friday night, but not since. Requests of DPW go unaddressed and plows won't respond to my waving arms from the street. Police say there are still many streets unplowed in Salem. Are others experiencing being stuck like this?
jeanmartin February 10, 2013 at 05:56 PM
To LIz G It is Sunday same thing on Park St. Residents can't get out of their drive ways. As one of the residents said I might loss my job because I can't get to work . I use to live on that street and It is one of the forgotten St. in Salem. I know several calls where made.
Chris February 10, 2013 at 06:22 PM
The ploughing in Salem has been atrocious even on the main roads, 114 is a mess in Salem and then you reach the Peabody line and it's totally clear.
Ed Carroll February 10, 2013 at 09:41 PM
It appears i dont live in the same city as other comments...as i see it 114 was plowed very good and even the side streets that i observed were passable...on the whole,major kudos to the mayor and the DPW for a job well done...with the amount of snow, you cann't beat the job that was done
john February 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Maybe you live on Chestnut St. ???
Liz February 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM
I'm sorry others are stuck as well! But yes, I see that other streets are looking totally clear. Seems quite varied. I know that lots of schools are closed Monday again, so perhaps work places will be lenient too.
D. Bell February 18, 2013 at 05:34 AM
Ernie is a dedicated grill-master! :)


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