Salem Storm Center: White-Out Conditions, Coastal Flooding

One central place to keep up with all the blizzard news and to share what you know with your Salem neighbors.

Saturday 4 p.m. — Statewide driving ban lifted.

Saturday, 1 p.m. — The driving ban will be lifted at 4 p.m. today .

Saturday, 11 a.m. — There will be no mail delivery today.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — Salem firefighters assisting a trapped horse on Robinson Road. Click Here for our full story.

Saturday, 9 a.m. — More than a foot of snow on the ground here in Salem. Get your shovels ready!

Friday, 11:15 p.m. — Coastal flooding reported near Pioneer Terrace.

Friday, 10:30 p.m. — Salem firefighters respond to burning plow truck on Scenic Road.

Friday, 9:30 p.m. — More power outages reported on Sutton Avenue.

Friday, 9:00 p.m. — 21 customers without power on Station Road, according to the same outage map.

Friday, 8:00 p.m. — Fewer than five homes have now lost power in Salem, according to this National Grid outage map.

Friday, 7:45 p.m. — Tree down on Ward Street.

Friday, 7:30 p.m. — Salem Police are assisting with the towing of cars still parked on the street across the city, according to scanner reports.

Friday, 5:30 p.m. — About 2 inches on the ground here in Salem.

Friday, 4:00 p.m. — All non-emergency vehicles ordered off the road.

Friday, 3:06 p.m. — The Northshore Mall and Liberty Tree Mall closed at 2 p.m.

Friday, 3:04 p.m. — The Boston Bruins' home game Saturday has been pushed back from a 1 p.m. start to a 7 p.m. start.

Friday, 2:34 p.m. — The governor has issued an executive order banning non-emergency vehicular traffic as of 4 p.m. While that certainly makes sense, it has had the terrible effect of forcing Engine House Pizza to close at 4 as well!

Friday, 2:03 p.m. — If you want the scoop on what's open and closed (or delayed, as in the case of the Salem So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival), check out Destination Salem's blog post.

Friday, noon — The snow emergency and parking ban is now in effect. Here is information on where you can park if you don't have an off-street spot.

Friday, 11:50 a.m. — The forecast is now for more than two feet of snow, and up to three feet.

Thursday, 6:41 p.m. — The MBTA is suspending all lines of service at 3:30 p.m. Friday. That includes the commuter rail that brings you home to Salem if you work in Boston, so plan accordingly.

Thursday, 5:15 p.m. — The National Weather Service has upgraded the blizzard watch for Salem to a blizzard warning.

Thursday, 5:05 p.m. — The city's snow emergency and parking ban begins at noon Friday. That means no cars parked on the streets. Head to this link for a list of places you can park if you don't have an off-street space.

Thursday, 3:54 p.m. — Salem Public Schools will be closed Friday.

Thursday, 3:30 p.m. — I just got back from Market Basket. Wow, what a scene. I see why police were called earlier today. They've got the chaos in pretty orderly shape now, but there's a long line just to get to a Market Basket employee who then directs you to a long line at one of the registers. There's a steady flow of people pushing baskets past the bread aisle. The supplies of bread, milk and bottled water seem to be holding up, though.

Thursday, 12:51 p.m. —Darek Barcikowski reports that the Salem Caucus of the Salem Democratic Committee, which was to be on Saturday, is cancelled. He'll send an email to members of the committee when he has a new date set.

Thursday, 12:09 p.m. — According to the scanner, police were called to the Market Basket for a report of overcrowding.

Thursday, 7:10 a.m. — A coastal flooding watch has been declared for Salem and the rest of the state's coast. A storm surge of 2-3 feet is expected for high tide Saturday morning (high tide is 9:59 a.m. that morning), plus big waves.

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john February 07, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Just left MB never seen anything like it. One line for all registers between 75-100 people long.Many just walking away from their baskets and leaving. It was a blast
Jane Helms February 07, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Did you buy any groceries, Chris?
Chris Helms (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 08:57 PM
No way was I standing in those lines.
Antoine M. Boisvert February 07, 2013 at 09:52 PM
I did. It was kind of fun. The only thing I saw there that I have never seen there before was that it was genuinely difficult to find a parking space. Every space was full, including many illegal spots. And this was only 9.30 am!
Al Quint February 07, 2013 at 10:50 PM
I went to the one in Danvers and it was similar although I only had 12 items so I was only in line about 10 minutes and even found a relatively close parking space. I figured it'd be worse in Salem and it looks like it was.
Jes February 08, 2013 at 01:16 AM
I attempted to get to Target in Salem mid-morning and could not even get a parking place there....surely MB overflow. The police had to actually be called to MB regarding the overcrowding around noontime. It's bad on a *good* day, let alone a day before a blizzard! They're all panicking out in the boonies!!!
Edward February 08, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Was at MB 45 minutes ago, still chaotic in my opinion. No available carriages in the store, they were either being used or were piling up in the lot being moved inside by clerks. Jes - MB needs to get its act together. Being only one of two stores less than 10 miles north of Boston, the lot cannot accommodate the traffic and does not have enough spaces for disabled folks.
Jes February 08, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Edward, Apparently to many, it does not matter how bad things are at at MB in Salem....they still go. Check out the photo in Friday's Salem News of the crowd there last night! When the new store opens in Lynn, *maybe* Salem will get a little better.
pk February 08, 2013 at 12:44 PM
7 am friday - easy shopping, no lines.
Kristina Hopper February 08, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Go to Target - it was almost dead last night (same time as people went nuts at MB!)
Rory Gill February 08, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Snow parking bans & shoveling requirements in Massachusetts, city-by-city: http://www.bostoncondolawyer.com/2013/02/08/city-snow-emergency-rules-ma/
Frank turkey February 09, 2013 at 05:15 PM
More than a foot? Really? Makes it sound much less than it actually is.
Hannah Dee February 09, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Sure, I have places in my yard where there's almost bare ground, but mostly it's two to three foot drifts in the driveway and in most of the yard. I literally cannot exit by my front door.
Bob February 09, 2013 at 07:46 PM
You should have went to Gosgroves. No lines there.
Bob February 09, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I agree. My arms are ready to fall off and my back is killing me and my snow blower was a big job trying to get through the snow. It was more than 2 ft not one. Just saying.
John February 09, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Better yet; go to Trader Joe's, or even Hannaford. Trader Joe's prices comparable groceries and all about 15-20% lower than Market Basket and lines are nowhere as bad as people report them to be. I'd agree with pricing studies that Hannaford is about 5% higher in price, but they do have a more upscale selection and lines are nowhere as long as MB.


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