Friday, February 15, 2013
One reader was concerned about the melting snow and the salt and sand that is in the snow along roadways.
As the weather hits a balmy 40 plus degrees during the day, one reader was concerned about what happens to all the salt and other chemicals in the snow as it melts. “It all filters out through the system," said the City's General Foreman of Streets Kenneth Calder of the snow that melts into the city's storm drains. That water goes through a filtration process built into the storm drain system before it is diverted into any waterway, he said. Much of the other melting snow has much of the chemicals naturally filtered out of it as it melts directly into the ground, rather than into any waterway, said Calder. Receive breaking news in your inbox or on your smartphone by signing up for our newsletter here The city maintains a snow dump at the …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Chairs and other objects always pop up in shoveled-out spots after each snowstorm. Legally, there's no basis for it, but: is this a neighborhood rule where you live? Do you abide by the "he who dug it" code?
It all started with the parking ban the blizzard produced and now we have the perrenial conflict after any big snow storm in New England: claiming on-street parking spots after the dig out. While there's no legal basis for the practice, residents will often leave identifying markers in the parking spaces they've spent hours digging out. It is a tradition as close to the hearts of many New Englanders as hating the Yankees. Readers, we wanted to ask you: is this an unspoken rule in your neighborhood? Have you ever had a parking spot marker ignored? Taken another's space in a fit of desperation? Share your story and opinion with other readers in our comment section below.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Crews will be working all week to open up Marlborough's streets following the 2013 Blizzard.
The Blizzard of 2013 dropped roughly a foot of snow on the area and it simply takes time to clear that amount of snow, say officials. "We are going to be spending all week pushing back the streets," said Marlborough General Foreman of Streets Kenneth Calder. The snow fell at a steady clip throughout the night, prompting a massive dig out Saturday. That dig out will continue for the Department of Public Works all this week, said Calder. Residents will need to be patient as the clean up continues, he said. However, he urged residents to clear storm drains in their neighborhoods. "They are talking the possibility of rain on Tuesday," said Calder. "You'll have flooding everywhere if water can't get to the drains."
We took photos before and after the blizzard in multiple places throughout the city.
We took photos before and after in multiple places throughout the city and have gathered them here for you to see. Have some before and after photos of your own? Add your own photos to the gallery.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Following the big blizzard, we have the big dig out.
Those traveling through town Saturday afternoon were greeted by the sounds and sights of snow being cleared throughout Marlborough as the big dig out followed the big blizzard of 2013. "It's going slow. This is our second time out here," said Marge Scott who was shoveling in front of her home. The snow blowers and shovels were working hard to clear an estimated two feet of snow that fell on the city over night. The storm was right up there with the Blizzard of '78 which she looked back upon fondly commenting that it was even fun. "People were on sleds and snowmobiles," said Scott. Some people were out enjoying themselves following the storm. Joseph Seay was out with his wife Sally and daughter Catherine looking for somewhere to sled after …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
MEMA announced the decision on its Facebook page.
The statewide driving ban will be lifted as of 4 p.m., the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency posted on its Facebook page. The driving ban was lifted at 1 p.m. for Nantucket and for all communities west of I-91. Residents across the entire state are free to drive after 4. MEMA officials had asked community members to top calling 911 and their local public safety departments about this topic.
Take a photo of the snow falling out your window right now - and upload it to Marlborough Patch!
As the forecasted snow storm continues to drop snow in the Marlborough area today, we're asking readers to submit their best photos of the snow outside their windows! Snap a photo out the window or door of your home and upload it by clicking the big button above this text. Cell phone cameras work just fine, too. And if you're an Instagram user, upload your best photos with the app as well! Be sure to get your up-to-the-minute storm coverage with the Marlborough Patch Storm Center. NOTE: Only photos uploaded to the site will be featured; please do not email photos.
The stories about the storm continue to come in and we have them all here.
Snow is forecast to end by the afternoon, but winds will continue.
As you can tell by looking out your own window, the snow is still falling and it is forecast to continue into the afternoon. "I still think we'll see accumulating snow throughout the early part of the afternoon, but after 3pm, the storm may breath its last breath," writes WHDH Chief Meteorologist Pete Bouchard in the Channel 7 Weather Blog. The storm will start to pull out to ocean by midday, he writes. The snow will pull away with the storm, but the wind will pick up. "Blowing and drifting will be issues through early Sunday," wrote Bouchard.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The power company was staging trucks in the city Friday in preparation for the storm.
Plow trucks aren't the only vehicles out on the road during major storms and this video of National Grid trucks staging in Marlborough is proof of that. The video comes from the company's Youtube page and shows trucks preparing for power outages that can come along with the high winds and heavy snow of a storm of this type.