Blizzard 2013 Info: Plows Keeping Up with Snow
Stay up to date with the latest on this weekend's winter storm.
Editor's Note: Marlborough centered updates on the blizzard (cancellations, emergency notices) will be posted here.
12:16 p.m.: The opening reception, scheduled Friday evening, for the Marlborough High School Student Exhibition at the Coffee Loft/Mad Hatter Gallery is postponed due to the anticipated weather. The reception will now take place next Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm, and the work will still be on display until February 24th.
1:22 p.m.: The Marlborough Public Library Children's Room Celebration scheduled for Saturday, February 9 has been postponed. A new date has yet to be set.
1:50 p.m.: Marlborough Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.
2:08 p.m.: City offices will be open tomorrow pending a closing of all state offices by Governor Deval Patrick.
5:20 p.m.: The storm has postponed a funeral in Marlborough.
10:38 a.m.: Time to get out there if you are going to run last-minute errands. Not only is the snow starting to come down, but stores are closing early. The downtown Starbucks will be closing at noon today.
10:47 a.m.: All school athletic events are cancelled for Friday and Saturday.
10:50 a.m.: All cars need to be off the street. Cars will be towed at the owner’s expense. Limited parking is available in the downtown parking garages.
11:00 a.m.: The Marlborough Public Library will close today at noon. It will remain closed tomorrow and will reopen for its regular Sunday hours of 1 to 5 p.m.
11:31 a.m.: Some people were up at Ghiloni Park this morning making the most of the calm before the storm. Read all about it here.
12:53 p.m.: The national weather service is reporting 2 inches of snow in Hudson.
1 p.m.: Governor Deval Patrick has announced a state of emergency and vehicle ban that will go into effect beginning at 4 p.m. today.
The governor says as many people needs to be off the road as possible. This is the first time he has signed an executive order banning all drivers.
The last time an order like this has been issued was after the Blizzard of 78.
Violators could be fined up to $500 and be sentenced to a year in jail, although he says the main purpose is to get non-essential people off the roads.
1:30 p.m.: Learn more about what a state of emergency is in this article.
1:43 p.m.: Solomon Pond Mall is closing at 2 p.m. An announcement has yet to be made regarding hours tomorrow.
4 p.m.: Time to pack it in and wait it out as the driving ban has just gone into effect.
9:56 a.m.: We have received reports from a reader of a power outage. According to the National Grid Outage Map there are fewer than five outages and trucks have been assigned to those.
10:08 a.m.: Roads are passable but narrow, according to officials from the Marlborough Fire Department. So you can make it through if you needed, but the driving ban is still in effect in Massachusetts.
“The plows have been keeping up with it pretty good, but due to the snow they have been getting pretty narrow," said Fire Deputy Fred Flynn.
10:10 a.m.: Marlborough Fire Deputy Fred Flynn said that there were no incidents over night in Marlborough.
“It appears that people did stay off the road," he said explaining that this helped cut down on incidents.
The light snow also combined to keep the area free of major power outages, he said.
“We didn’t have any trees taking wires down," said Deputy Flynn. "The call volume was low.”
10:27 a.m.: The Solomon Pond Mall remains closed at this time. It may re-open later today. Even if it does re-open, it will be at each store's discretion on whether it opens or not.
11:08 a.m.: No mail for Marlborough, Massachusetts or any of the six New England states. Read all about it here.
12:31 p.m.: It appears the snow has stopped, but that hasn't stopped the driving ban. Learn more about the latest here.
12:43 a.m.: The Solomon Pond Mall will be closed today. There is no word on whether it will be open tomorrow.
1:28 p.m.: The driving ban will be lifted at 4 p.m.
4:29 p.m.: The driving ban is off and Marlborough roads are in excellent condition. There is blacktop visible on most roads and the others that aren't are down to a packed layer of snow.
The intersections still have some challenging visibility due to the piled snow, but the roads are safe for travel.
5:10 p.m.: The Department of Public Works will be clearing the schools and downtown tomorrow. Don't plan on a school day Monday.
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IMPORTANT NUMBERS & WEBSITES:
- In an emergency, dial 911
- Police Department: 508-485-1212
- Fire Department: 508-485-2323
- DPW: 508-624-6910 (Open until 3:30 p.m. weekdays)
- National Grid power outages: 800-465-1212
- National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
- Marlborough City Taxi: (508) 395-8294
- Assabet Livery Incorporated: (508) 481-8111
- B & S Towing Services and Free Junk Car Removal: (774) 285-2869
- Twins Towing & Repair: (978) 568-1666