Saturday, February 9, 2013
Thanks to the blizzard, Salem is expecting up to 3 feet of snow this weekend. See how many inches have fallen in the city in the last 24 hours with the LIVE map below.
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. For all blizzard news, visit the Salem Patch Storm Center. For breaking Salem news as it happens, sign up for Salem Patch email alerts.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Let's measure the blizzard through lawn ornaments!
We at Patch like to have fun – even when we’re covering a story as big as the Blizzard of ’13! So when the biggest storm in years (potentially in the history of Boston weather) is headed our way, we get into battle mode – and even get a little silly. That’s what this idea is about – and we want you to take part too! A fun way we want to track the storm across Massachusetts is through lawn ornaments. They serve a purpose in the spring and summer, but often feel left out in the cold of winter. Not anymore. We are posting photos of lawn ornaments throughout Massachusetts to highlight snowfall across the commonwealth during and after the storm. All you need to do is hit the Upload Photos and Videos button and upload your own. If we’re stuck at…
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 …
The folks at Destination Salem have a great list of what's open, closed or delayed because of the blizzard.
Wondering what's open and closed with the storm bearing down on us? The folks at Destination Salem have a great blog post on it. They're updating it as new information comes in. One headline is that there are changes to the "Salem So Sweet," chocolate and ice sculpture festival.
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Friday, February 8
The city wants all cars off the streets. This post contains details about where you can park if you do not have an off-street space.
The city's snow emergency and parking ban is now in effect. Parking is no longer allowed on Salem's streets. The city is expected to get up to three feet of snow during a storm that has already begun and is expected to last through at least Saturday morning. While some residents have expressed skepticism about the city actually ticketing, the city says it means business for this storm. "Ticketing and towing will begin at noon on Friday and will be strictly enforced due to the magnitude of this upcoming storm," a city press release stated. All the city lots downtown will be available for snow emergency parking for free, the release said. At Museum Place and the South Harbor Garage snow emergency parking fees are capped at $5. Those city …
A blizzard warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
OK, so that 12-24 inches of snow we were preparing to get last night? Forecasters are now saying we'll get even more. The National Weather Service on Friday morning adjusted its predicted snowfall totals to more than two feet, saying we could get up to three feet. The timing of the snowfall is roughly the same: with light snow falling in Essex County Friday morning, and becoming heavy later in the afternoon and into the Friday evening commute. So, as WHDH meteorologist Jeremy Reiner notes in his blog, travel will deteriorate this afternoon. By 7 tonight, most towns will have 2 to 4 inches, Reiner predicted. The storm should be the worst from 7 p.m. Friday to noon tomorrow, when snow could fall at a rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour. Salem's …
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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
White out conditions are expected as the storm intensifies.
What began as a blizzard watch for the Salem area has now been upgraded to a blizzard warning. The National Weather Service issued the warning for the majority of Eastern Massachusetts Thursday afternoon, as it anticipates about 2 feet of snow to descend upon the area Friday into Saturday. "White out conditions are anticipated as roads become snow-covered by the Friday evening commute," the warning states. "Strong north-northeast winds are anticipated with gusts up to around 60 miles per hour, resulting in blowing and drifting of snow. Damage to trees and structures along with scattered power outages are anticipated." Residents can expect the potential of snow falling at 3-to-4 inches per hour and wind gusts of more than 20 miles per …