Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Information provided by the Wakefield Police. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Wakefield Police responded to these and other calls for service between Friday, February 8th and Sunday, February 10th, 2013. On Friday, February 8th at 2:39 p.m. a caller reported that a man shoveling snow on Pearl Street appeared to be impaired. He was gone on arrival. At 3:51 p.m. a vehicle reportedly struck a tree on Main Street. The individual did not appear injured. At 6:35 p.m. a caller reported receiving harassing phone calls all day. At 6:50 p.m. a caller reported a suspicious male in his late teens dressed all in black going door to door asking to shovel for money. He was gone on arrival. At 8:10 p.m. police were informed of youths sledding out in the storm near Fairmount Ave. and Chesnut Street. They were gone on arrival. At 8:…
Do you have shots of your dog (or pet) in all the snow from the blizzard? Share it here.
We've seen photos of the snow piled on your car, we've seen the huge snowbanks filling the streets and we've seen the snow drifts up against your door. Chances are you got some pictures of your pet in the snow on Sunday - and with clear skies in the forecast this week, there's still ample opportunity to take some new ones. Simply click the green and white "upload photos and videos" button to add it to our gallery.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Thanks to Wakefield DPW Director Richard Stinson for providing us with an update on town snow removal work.
All roads in Wakefield have been open and passable since Sunday morning, reported town DPW Director Richard Stinson in an email to this website According to Stinson, town personnel and contractors began working at 7 a.m. Friday on storm preparation and the majority reportedly worked until 5 a.m. Sunday – before going back for another shift at 8 p.m. that same night. “DPW staff and contractors did an outstanding job on very little rest,” Stinson told Wakefield Patch. “I cannot speak highly enough of the energy of this dedicated group. At times during the storm they could not see two feet in front of the vehicle or keep up with the amount of snow that was falling. They worked with very little rest so that we would not lose any streets in …
Here's a quick look at how much got dumped on various North Shore towns over the weekend.
This weekend's blizzard, so dubbed Nemo by the Weather Channel, dumped a lot of snow across Southern New England between Friday night and Saturday morning. Here's a look at how much was reported in cities and towns around the North Shore. The following chart is compiled from information released by the National Weather Service in Taunton based on unofficial observations taken during the storm. Reports come from highway departments, residents, news outlets, Skywarn spotters and others. You can see the rest of the numbers here for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Thanks to Brett Rudy and his son Colin for sending in this video. Got some storm footage of your own to share? Email email@example.com.
The blizzard of 2013 created some new opportunities for outdoor recreation, as noted early in the storm last Friday when one person was spotted out on Quannapowitt early in the storm skating around with a parachute. After the storm, Wakefield resident Brett Rudy provided us with this video showing him and his 10-year old son Colin outside for a game of blizzard baseball. Like all true New Englanders, these guys know that mid-February is the time to start getting more focused on the coming baseball season.
So long how does it take to melt two feet of snow? The Wakefield area might get a pretty good idea after this week.
New Englanders got their first major snowstorm in a couple of years this weekend, but it remains to be seen how long the stuff will actually stick around in the Wakefield area. As noted earlier in the weekend, the Blizzard of 2013 dumped a reported 27.5 inches of snow on Wakefield - and, for comparison, 25.5 inches on Peabody. The National Weather Service forecasts up to half an inch of rain falling on Monday, primarily before 5 p.m. After that, some additional rain is possible during the evening, as well as scattered fog. Monday's weather is expected to start by mid-morning with a possible wintry mix giving way to rain as the temperature potentially rises into the mid 40s. The nighttime temperature is expected to hover around the freezing…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Wakefield classes are canceled for Monday.
Classes in the Wakefield school district are canceled on Monday in light of the ongoing cleanup from the Blizzard of 2013. Motorists are advised to be very careful on Monday because of a wintry mix in the forecast that could freeze up already-unsafe roads and which could also produce flooding in some areas. According to the National Weather Service, rain and snow showers in the morning are expected to turn completely to rain by Monday afternoon. The high could reach 46 while tomorrow night's low is expected to be around 32.
Full service should resume by Monday, according to MBTA.com.
Updated 10:48 a.m. Looking to take the Green Line or the commuter rail in Newton? Well, you may want to keep shoveling out that car (or call a cab). As crews continue to dig out from the blizzard, MBTA service in Newton will remain suspended Sunday. Starting at 2 p.m., limited subway and bus service will run on the Red, Orange and Blue lines between Orient Heights and Government Center, and the Green Line between Kenmore and Lechmere, according to MBTA.com/weather. Limited bus service will also operate on the 1, 23, 28, 39, and Silver Line Washington Street only. Customers are encouraged to stay home and "use service sparingly," if possible, the website said. Commuter rail routes will remain suspended through Sunday. The MBTA weather …
Despite two feet of snow and strong wind gusts, Wakefield had no significant power outage problems or public safety hazards to report.
The biggest snow storm in recent memory dumped more than two feet of snow on the Wakefield area, but it caused little in the way of blackouts or public safety hazards. Wakefield Municipal Gas & Electric reported over the weekend that its personnel would begin snow removal work on Sunday. Also on Sunday morning, Fire Chief Michael Sullivan told Wakefield Patch that there were no reported outages at the time. According to the National Weather Service, Wakefield received 27.5 inches of snow. On Sunday, the forecast calls for a high near 35 with a low around 15 and clear skies. Monday’s forecast calls for a wintry mix and rain while the rest of the week looks clear with highs in the 30s.
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain, which is in the forecast for Monday. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers these tips.
With rain in Wakefield's forecast for Monday, the Blizzard of '13 may not be finished wreaking havoc in Massachusetts. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, he Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) warns that fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, MEMA says. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snowmelt. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow: Information from a release by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA…