Day 2: Marblehead 'Hercules' Storm Information Center

Stay up to date with the latest on the storm and share what you know with your neighbors.

Sliding at Gatchell's. Credit: Terry Date
Sliding at Gatchell's. Credit: Terry Date
Friday, Jan. 3

1:31 p.m.,
we were just out at the causeway. Quite a scene. The causeway remains closed. We will have more posts soon. http://bit.ly/1l7vsH7

10:10 a.m., 
Massachusetts Trial Court will remain closed statewide throughout the day on Friday, Jan. 3rd.   Snow volume, high winds and severe temperatures, and road conditions make it advisable to remain closed for the safety of the public and court staff. Emergency matters can be addressed through the Judicial Response system which typically operates outside of normal court hours.

9:18 a.m.,
water and sewer facilities are doing fine but coldre temperatures are in the offing. Residents who have had problems with freezing pipes in the past may want to let water trickledfrom faucets. http://bit.ly/1euQgDI

8:50 a.m.,
the causeway was fine overnight and now the DPW is looking ahead to the next high tide at noon. http://bit.ly/1euQgDI

Thursday, Jan. 2

11:13 p.m.,
a Patch gallery of Photos from Day 1. http://bit.ly/1astTvE

9:21 p.m.,
here's a link to a Patch story about MHD DPW concerns as the long-lasting Hercules storm endures. http://bit.ly/KlZKIn

8:40 p.m.,
a drastic temperature drop between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. along the coast in Swampscott and Marblehead. The temperature plummeted 15 degrees, from 22 to 7.

8:39 p.m.,
DPW is concerned about people walking in the street, especially in the downtown area, tomorrow morning during plowing. They ask people to please stay clear of the streets when walking.

6:49 p.m.,
here are some Marblehead dads and their kids having fun in the storm. http://bit.ly/1cpGdfK

5:10 p.m.,
DPW officials are readying for the high tides at midnight and mid-day Friday.

5:08 p.m.,
Blizzard warning issued for Marblehead. http://bit.ly/1ixbxS8

4:17 p.m.,
the Massachusetts Trial Court closed courthouses statewide at 3 p.m. on January 2nd, and will delay opening on Friday, January 3rd in all counties until noon.  An assessment for Friday afternoon operations will be made in the morning.  No first-day jurors are scheduled to report on Friday.  

4:10 p.m.,
DPW Assistant Director Arthur Graves said there are about 30 plow trucks out working, among the town's respective departments.

4:07 p.m.,
DPW asks that residents to not put their Christmas trees curbside for collection or to move them if they have already have done so.

Updated at 11:15 a.m.:
The Water and Sewer Department is preparing for high winds and high tide by moving equipment including a generator to the Neck pumping station, reports Superintendent Amy McHugh.

Updated at 10:21 a.m.: 
Rough going reported on Atlantic Avenue. An accident reported by the temple in Swampscott.

No school in Marblehead Thursday and Friday.

Forecasters are predicting up to more than a foot of snow by the time the storm ends on Friday. 

Stay with Patch for the latest with the storm. We will update this post throughout the storm with information, such as road conditions, accidents and power outages.

See a tree down in your neighborhood? Notice a road is icy? Just saw a store clerk put out more snow melt products? Please use this story on Marblehead Patch to help out your neighbors.

Marblehead Patch is all about connecting neighbors and helping neighbors so we hope you’ll find this information hub helpful during the storm. 


In an emergency, always call 911. A call from a landline in the town will go directly to the police station. 

For non-emergency police or fire issues or problems:


  • In an emergency, dial 911
  • Police Department: 781-631-1212
  • Fire Department: 781-631-0142
  • Water and Sewer Department: 781-63-0102
  • Highway Department:781 631-1750
  • National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
  • Municipal Light for emergencies and operations: 781-631-0240
  • Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
  • Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)
  • RCN: 1-866-TECH-RCN (1-866-832-4726) 
  • MBTA Swampscott station: Service updates

Personal numbers

Some other numbers you may want to have include your insurance agent, your doctor and your vet.

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