A Look Back at The Blizzard of 2013 in Marblehead

The Blizzard of 2013 may not have caused widespread power outages but it produced high winds, high waves and giant snow drifts in Marblehead.

Between Friday evening and late Saturday morning, The Blizzard of 2013 dumped nearly two feet of snow on Marblehead and sent huge waves slamming into the local shoreline.

Despite the 20 inches of snow and wind gusts as high as 50 mph, there were very few reported power outages in town and many local businesses were able to open to customers early Sunday morning.

There were few reported weather-related car accidents in Marblehead. Gov. Deval Patrick a statewide driving ban beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, which prompted quite the discussion among our readers.

Plow drivers working to clear the roads through the center of town Friday night were operating in near white-out conditions and snow was falling at a rate of two to three inches per hour at times. Click Here to watch a video we shot on the streets of Marblehead Friday night.

When Marblehead residents opened their windows Saturday morning, they were greeted by high snow drifts and the potential for coastal flooding during the 9:59 a.m. high tide. 

Many local residents gathered near The Barnacle Restaurant on Front Street to watch the storm surge come ashore. Click Here to watch reader-submitted videos of Saturday morning's high tide.

Cross-country skiers, snow-shoers and sledders were out and about on local streets by mid-morning and roads were passable by the time the statewide parking ban was lifted at 4 p.m.

Click Here to check out some amazing user-submitted photos and videos from the storm.

Local residents are being encouraged to clear their sidewalks and any fire hydrants near their homes. You should also make time to look around the outside of your home to make sure your vents aren't blocked by snow.

There's rain in the forecast, so Click Here for tips on how to minimize the risk of over-stressing a roof due to accumulated or drifting snow.

Do you have a story, photos or video from the storm that you'd like to share with your neighbors? Let us know in the comments section below or click the submit photos and videos button above.

TOM MARTIN February 10, 2013 at 08:20 PM
We should all apprieciate the excellent job,dealing with a massive amount of snow in a short period of time,done by David Donahue and all the municipal plow drivers.They have an often thankless job and deserve to be recognized for a job well done under tough conditions.
John Buba February 11, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Tom, We would do that if in fact the job was well done. However Salem, and Swampscott had bare pavement yesterday at 3:00 p.m. while Marblehead streets were snow covered and dangerous. Not sure if the problem was manppower, inexperience, or equipment, but in spite of their best efforts the job was not award winning. The selectment should look into what happened and make the necessary changes before the next big storm.
Missy Scarlet February 11, 2013 at 03:13 PM
I agree with John's comments above. Sunday was ideal for doing a clean up of our roads: I did not see ONE plow yesterday, and I live on a very busy street. One swipe down each side of the street yesterday would have cleared the road. I don't know how much more ideal conditions could have been for plowing. My unscientific poll says lots of folks are not happy. I'm not one to complain for no reason, but I would not hand out any medals for this one. Something in the infrastructure wasn't working. I'm sure the guys who were on duty were working very hard, but clearly they needed more help.
Ellen February 11, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Sorry to say that the plowing in my part of town, including the Roundhouse Road / Bessom St parking area, is not good at all. We have spent the last few hours shoveling and pushing cars. The whole parking area is a mess and and now nearly impassable.
Peter Blaisdell February 11, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Didn't see or hear a single plow from Saturday morning thru Sunday. As of leaving for work this morning our street is still a mess. All the neighbors were asking "what happened to the plows?" Cars and private plows getting stuck. Only one car can go up or down the street at a time. Not a great job. Maybe they are out of practice.


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