Marblehead's Blizzard Blog
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Look for Marblehead storm news here, entered chronologically, the most recent entry at the top.
5:45 p.m. - Marblehead Schools will open two hours late Thursday. Tower School is closed Thursday.
Tomorrow's Kindergarten Open Houses (for prospective Kindergarten parents) at Marblehead Public Schools have been canceled.
5:35 p.m. - Gov. Deval Patrick in a press conference from MEMA headquarters and via telephone to the press, said there have been no serious injuries state-wide today. Crews will work throughout the night and into tomorrow to treat the roads and get them ready for the morning commute. Patrick warned of ice in the morning as temperatures will drop overnight. He also said commuter lines will run as close to normal as possible for the morning commute.
"People paid attention to our advice and stayed home," Patrick said. "Continue to stay off the roads this evening. We are working to be back to normal for morning. Cleanup will continue through tomorrow."
Patrick thanked crews and noted the rate of snow fall at the height of today's storm made it hard for plow to keep up.
"It's been a huge challenge," Patrick said noting snow was wet and heavy in the eastern half of the state. "The public has been enormously responsive by staying off the roads."
5:25 p.m. - Many area school departments have called off school but no word from Marblehead schools yet.
4:26 p.m. - Snow is slowing and looks like this storm is winding down.
4 p.m. - Scattered outages throughout the day, throughout town. Electric Company has been quick to get people back online.
3:15 p.m. - State Department of Transportation cameras on main roads, including Route 128, are showing some black pavement.
3 p.m. - The Hurricane is open for dinner.
2:43 p.m. - Regional Update: Most flights at Logan have been cancelled today even though the airport is technically open.
2:40 p.m. - Caffe Italia is closed tonight for dinner.
2:30 p.m. - Jack Tar is open for dinner.
1:45 p.m. - Marblehead Post Office says they are still delivering mail on schedule -or as close as possible-Although at least one resident never got their mail. "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
1:14 p.m. - Regional News: North Shore and Liberty Tree Malls will open at 3 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - Gov. Deval Patrick, in a press conference from the Framingham MEMA bunker, declares a state of emergency because of the snow storm.
12:20 p.m. - Over a foot out there and still snowing.
12 p.m. - Wit and Whimsy, the children's bookstore, is closed today.
11:30 am. -- Tree limbs down on Peach Highlands (pictures attached to our blog).
10:56 a.m. - Just heard from Carrie and Chet and Chet's Video is OPEN today. It's certainly a good day to watch a movie!
10:35 a.m. - 5 Corners is saying they will be open for dinner tonight. Put on your snowshoes.
10:01 a.m. - Regional report: Amtrak service between Boston and New York City has been suspended because of a downed tree in Sharon. The Celtics say the game tonight against Sacramento at TD Garden will be played as usual.
10 a.m. - Don't forget to send in your storm or snowman photos. Also looking for French Toast recipes - the perfect snow day food, right? E-mail me or post in the comments sections below this story.
9:50 a.m. - A good time to charge those computers and telephones so you don't miss any Marblehead Patch - some lines down due to heavy, wet snow.
9:30 a.m. - Telephone pole down near Tedesco.
9:30 a.m. - The Bus Stop is among downtown businesses calling it a snow day, today.
9 a.m. - Gov. Deval Patrick provides this Website with storm information via his Twitter page.
8:50 a.m. - Atomic Cafe is closed today.
8:45 a.m. - Maddie's Sail Loft and 3 Cod Tavern are open today for lunch and dinner. Chris Fitz & Ken Clark will be playing tonight in the snow storm upstairs at 8 p.m.
8:40 a.m. - Tree blocking Lime Sreet to Charter School. Power lines are down.
8 a.m. - Town offices including Abbot Public Library are closed today.
8 a.m. - The Senior Center is closed today.
7:50 a.m. - CodeRed asks residents to stay off the roads - do not drive or park vehicles - until Thursday at 7 a.m.
7:40 a.m. - A small power outage on Front Street - Crews working to resume power quickly.
7:30 a.m. - YMCA is closed all day
5 a.m. Wednesday: A few inches already on the ground and wind speeds rising. Plow crews are on the roads. The National Weather Service has upgraded today's storm warning to a blizzard due to high wind gusts and near whiteout conditions. Residents are advised to stay indoors if possible. The weather services says that the heaviest snow will fall through Wednesday morning at rates up to two to three inches per hour
4:20 a.m. Wednesday — Though no flooding is predicted, the harbor is currently at high tide.
3 a.m. Wednesday - MEMA Headquarters in Framingham has been activated.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
9 p.m. Tuesday: Marblehead's CodeRed Emergency alert tells residents not to drive or park vehicles on town roads until 12 p.m. Wednesday. Trash is delayed one day and the collection of Christmas Trees will resume Thursday.
8:30 p.m. Tuesday: Gov. Deval Patrick says the state is ready for the storm. Patrick, in a press conference at the State House and via telephone, told said: "We are ready for this storm. As much as possible, stay off the roads for your own safety and give us a chance to do our work and our jobs to clean this up."
Mass Department of Transportation has mobilized 4,000 plows, sanders and salt trucks to start pre-treating roads Tuesday night. The Massachusetts Emergency Management bunker in Framingham will be activated at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. All T lines will be running as close to schedule as possible tomorrow except for the Mattapan line, Patrick said.
Patrick told reporters he is urging people to stay indoors tomorrow and off the roads. Make sure to have batteries and flashlights available, be familiar with alternative heat source safety and have enough food and water for a day. Patrick also reminded people to check on elderly or shut-in neighbors.
6 p.m. Tuesday: All Y paid programs in the morning have been cancelled. Early learning and the Afterschool program are closed. A detemination will be made at 4:30am for the operating hours of the facility. Please continue to check the website for updated information or call 781-631-1819 x 2405
6 p.m. Tuesday: Due to the snow storm, the JCC of the North Shore will be CLOSED Wednesday morning. All Early Childhood classes & programs are cancelled. Check back at www.jccns.org or call 781-631-8330, ext 555, at 10am for updates about the afternoon. Stay safe & warm!
5 p.m. Tuesday: The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the eastern part of the state.
The blizzard warning, which affects towns near the shore including much of Essex County, will go into effect at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning and stay in effect until 8 p.m. Strong winds of up to 45 miles per hour are expected along the shore as well as 12 to 16 inches of snow -- likely to fall at a rate of up to three inches an hour.
4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Marblehead Public Schools, including the Charter School, joins the majority of other North Shore communities and calls school off for Wednesday. The Tower School is also cancelled. The Tower School Open House has been moved to Thursday.
The Marblehead/Salem wrestling tournament and JV hockey game on Wednesday are postponed. Skiing is listed as cancelled.