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.
Scroll down for important phone numbers, websites and more. Stay with Salem Patch as we keep you updated throughout the storm.
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IMPORTANT NUMBERS & WEBSITES:
- In an emergency, dial 911
- Police Department: 978-744-0171
- Fire Department: 978-744-1234
- National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
- Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
- Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)
- RCN: 1-866-TECH-RCN (1-866-832-4726)
- MBTA Salem station: Service updates