Thursday, January 13, 2011
Looking for updates related to the recent snowstorm? Check back with Stoneham Patch for more information.
While the snowstorm may be over, there are still cancellations and clean-up efforts underway in Stoneham. Check back periodically Thursday for updates from around town. [Editor's note: The latest update was posted at 3:30 p.m. Thursday] Weather Update Snow Emergency: Snow Emergency Parking Restrictions: School Closings Miscellaneous Cancellations Miscellaneous Information Status of Town Facilities and Services Emergency Contacts Need a Ride? Need a Tow?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
With roughly two feet of snowfall in Stoneham on Wednesday, finding anyone's car let alone your own must have been quite a task indeed.
No doubt there had to be some folks in Stoneham that saw Public Works trucks plowing through the streets yet couldn't spot their own vehicles quite as easily buried under nearly two feet of snow. Check out Stoneham Patch reporter Chris Chirichiello's photographs of local vehicles that were hidden under mounds of white powder on Wednesday.
Stoneham residents had plenty of snow to shovel and snow blow on Wednesday amid the second snowstorm of the winter season.
With more than 20 inches of snow on the ground Wednesday in Stoneham, residents had much to do on what for some was supposed to be a snow day. Check out Stoneham Patch reporter Chris Chirichiello's photographs of the townspeople tending to their snow-covered driveways and walksways amid the snowstorm.
On Wednesday, Stoneham accumulated more than 20 inches of snow during the second snowstorm of the winter season.
Mother Nature had no sympathy for Stoneham residents on Wednesday and the weathermen finally earned their money by being spot-on with this nor’easter that hit New England. Stoneham accumulated more than 20 inches of fresh powder, forcing school closures throughout the area. The wind gusts also registered between 15 and 25 miles per hour at times during the storm, according to the National Weather Service. Residents shoveled, used snow blowers, and hired plows to try to make a path out to the street from their driveways, which wasn't an easy task. Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency Wednesday that is still in effect in Massachusetts until 8 p.m. The National Guard has been activated just in case local communities are …
The Stoneham Department of Public Works is dealing with tough weather conditions as well as other factors that are making cleaning the streets a difficult task.
The second snowstorm of the season has presented several challenges for the town's road-clearing crews to overcome Wednesday, according to Public Works Director Robert Grover. However, the DPW was well aware of the blizzard and the potential problems it could cause. "We knew it was coming so it wasn't a surprise," Grover said. "We had our equipment ready and the guys were out around 2 a.m. "We started with the sanders and we quickly went over to a plowing operation around 3-3:30 a.m." Grover said he deployed 48 pieces of equipment to clear the streets; however, by 10 a.m. he was down to 44 that were still operational and on the street. "We have four pieces of equipment broke down right now that we're working on," Grover said. "Everything …
Check out the different ways you can prepare yourself for slick driving conditions.
While emergency officials at the state and local levels are recommending people stay off the roads amid the blizzard, there are still some folks who must brave the elements and make the trek into work. For those of you who need to take to the road, the State Department of Transportation's Highway Division provides several different driving tips to try and keep you safe while behind the steering wheel, including:
Want to know what's going on in the Stoneham area amid the blizzard? We've got you covered.
1. School's not in session. The Stoneham Public Schools are closed due to the blizzard. 2. Games off! The Stoneham High School boys' and girls' hockey teams' games in Woburn have been postponed. It's unclear when the games may be made up. 3. Snow day! The SEEM Collaborative schools are closed due to the blizzard. 4. Winter Festival anyone? No, we're not referring to the blizzard that has descended upon us, but rather the premiere of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Student Matinee" at the young company's Winter Festival 2011 at 10 a.m. at Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St. For ticket information, contact the Box Office at 781-279-2200. 5. Melrose YMCA closed? The Melrose YMCA, 497 Main St., in Melrose has canceled its morning …
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Stoneham Patch will be keeping tabs on the impending blizzard so make sure to check back regularly. If you have an announcement or storm update, email Stoneham Patch Editor Mark Ouellette at email@example.com.
The Stoneham Public Schools and SEEM Collaborative programs will be closed Wednesday with the second blizzard of the season expected to hit the Stoneham area early Wednesday morning. The blizzard is expected to begin around 3 a.m. and there's a possibility that 11 to 17 inches of snow may fall, according to a National Weather Service report. While the wind gusts may be 13 to 16 miles per hour overnight, they are expected to be in the 23 to 26 miles per hour range on Wednesday and may top out at about 43 miles per hour, the report indicates. It's unclear if Stoneham Town Hall or Stoneham Public Library will be closed Wednesday, but a decision is expected to be made in the morning, according to a town employee. However, the town's trash pick…
Monday, January 10, 2011
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch early on Monday morning.
The heaviest snowfall so far this winter has mainly taken place on weekends, largely avoiding messy and dangerous commutes to and from work. Looks like our luck's about to run out. Early Monday morning, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a winter storm watch in effect for Stoneham and most of Massachusetts from late Tuesday night through Wednesday evening, with a forecast of 7-12 inches of snow that will fall heavily at times. "Commute on Wednesday morning will be very challenging," the NWS advisory warns. Visibility will be poor as snowfall rates could possibly reach 1-2 inches an hour at times, the NWS said. "Highest amounts are expected to fall late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning," the NWS advisory reads. "Hazardous travel …
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
A day in the life of a Stoneham landscaping company as it digs out local businesses and private clients after the first snowstorm of winter hit last week.
On Dec. 26, just one day removed from Christmas, the entire eastern seaboard was pummeled by a nor'easter which brought gusty winds and plenty of snow. The general chaos that accompanies a winter tempest of this size was as overwhelming as the snow itself. Holiday travelers were stranded as flights across the board were cancelled. Intense snowfall created whiteout conditions on roadways causing police across the state to respond to countless automobile accidents and spin-outs. The worst part of the storm hit the Stoneham area between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. on Dec. 27, dumping a total of about 15 inches in Stoneham and its surrounding communities, according to reports by the National Weather Service. GroundMasters Get to Work So what's it like …