According to the National Weather Service and multiple local news outlets, Marlborough is about to get its share of the upcoming snowstorm expected to begin late this evening.
Local officials and National Grid are preparing for a whiteout that is expecting to leave behind 12-16 inches of snow.
“We will be ready for this storm and whatever it brings,” said Christopher E. Root, National Grid senior vice president of Electricity Operations, in a press release. “We have brought in extra crews, we are pre-staging people throughout the area, and we are in touch with our community leaders to reassure them that we are taking all the actions needed to be able to respond quickly and safely to the coming Nor’easter.”
Here is a list of things you need to know to brave the storm:
- In such a storm, National Grid acknowledges the possibility of power loss, and suggests local residents keep a supply of working flashlight, at least one battery-operated radio, as well as an extra supply of batteries.
- If your power goes out, call 800-465-1212. If you a person who depends on electric-powered life support equipment, let National Grid know and register at 800-322-3223.
- If you have to drive, though authorities suggest that you do not in blizzard-like and icy conditions, make sure you take it slow, and be very careful.
“Winter driving can obviously be very tricky” said Luke MacLean, of Sullivan Tire & Auto Service. “You really should be prepared with tires appropriate for the snow, they help your traction and braking ability. If your vehicle does not have proper snow tires, be sure to minimize you’re your turns and movements and leave plenty of distance between other cars. We also suggest turning electronics and radio off for concentration."
- Make sure to stock up on the essential food items before the snow begins, and they are easy to find in Marlborough at either Hannaford or Price Chopper, as well as the many convenience stores in the area.
- For the details of how much snow where and when, check out the National Weather Service's winter weather warning here.