Weekend Blizzard Passes Without a Fuss
Only a few minor accidents were reported Sunday night and Monday morning in Marlborough.
The blizzard that hit Marlborough and much of the eastern seaboard on Sunday night, left in its wake some very difficult driving conditions both that evening, and for the Monday a.m. commute.
It was not, however, cause a lot of extra work for the Marlborough Police Department, said Lieutenant Michael Amoros, due to the excellent job of public works crews who kept most roads plowed and salted.
"The warning we had ahead of time helped the situation out a lot," said Amoros. "The holiday weekend helped out as well, and neither the night shift or the day shift had to respond to a lot of accidents."
Police cruisers did make patrols throughout the night while trucks kept Route 20 and other main roads clear. Senior DPW officials were not available to comment on their activities during the heavy weather as of publication time.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported more than 18 inches in Boston and just under six in Worcester, with Marlborough averaging between eight and 12 inches depending on the area.
By 6 p.m. Sunday downtown Marlborough was deserted except for a few parked vehicles, and several restaurants that stayed open to service those who dared brave the whiteout conditions. Snowfall continued throughout the night, with additional brief periods Monday morning.
While city government was open for business on Monday, the workforce was limited, and a decision was made to close all city offices at 5 p.m. (several are normally open until 7 p.m. on Mondays).