Monday, February 11, 2013
Although school was closed Monday, most of the walkways to and around Easton's schools have been cleared.
In the midst of clearing Easton's roads while the Blizzard of 2013 dumped two feet of snow on the Shovel Town, Department of Public Works crews also focused on clearing walkways near public buildings, according to an update from Sunday night. Although there is no school Monday, walkways leading to the schools are mostly cleared. The pictured walkway leads up Lothrop Street towards Oliver Ames High School and was taken Monday morning. While walkways along school roads and parking lots are cleared, the newly constructed walking path connecting Easton Middle School, Olmsted Richardson, Parkview and Lothrop Street has not been cleared.
Now that the storm is over, what is the final assessment?
Now that the Blizzard of 2013 is beyond us, it is time to dig out, break out the snow boots and the sleds. So, what was the final damage? According to the National Weather Service, the Shovel Town received just about two feet of snow: 23.0 inches to be exact. As far as surrounding towns, Norton received 22.5 inches, West Bridgewater received 17 inches, Foxborough received 29 inches, Wrentham received 26 inches, and Sharon received 15 inches. For a full list of town-by-town totals, click here.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Roads re-opened Saturday as the storm came to an end, but many were left powerless.
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.
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Sunday, February 10
With rain in Easton'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. Who could forget the Edwards Movers and Sunco roof collapses in Easton from a few years ago? 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 …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Expect another five to nine inches in Easton Saturday morning before the storm is over.
Heavy snow is expected ton continue throughout Saturday morning in Easton, according to the National Weather Service. Easton residents can expect to see snow, mainly before 3 p.m., according to the Weather Service, with wind continuing at 22-26 mph in the Shovel Town. Gusts may reach as high as 36 mph. New snow Saturday is expected to accumulate by another five to nine inches. Eventually, however, the storm will exit Easton and the entire east coast according to WHDH's Pete Bouchard. "Storm starts to pull away mid/late morning," he said in his weather blog. "We can start to talk about the end game by midday as the back edge of the snow starts to work into Greater Worcester. I still think we'll see accumulating snow throughout the early …
With the bulk of the storm in the rear view mirror, we want to see the damage.
Friday, February 8, 2013
A declaration was made by the Board of Selectmen Friday morning.
The Town of Easton is officially under a state of emergency. Selectmen made the determination during an emergency meeting at 11:30 Friday morning as the Blizzard of 2013 rolled in. The action takes effect beginning at noon. "We want to reinforce the message to keep cars off the road," Town Administrator David Colton said. "This declaration of emergency gives police greater authority to tow if cars are blocking the road." The state of emergency was declared under the advice of Governor Deval Patrick, who urged municipalities in the commonwealth to take the action. The declaration also allows the town to secure FEMA money, should that be necessary. Board of Selectmen Chair Colleen Corona said she met with Easton's Emergency Management team, …
Area gas stations, like this one, are running short on gas with the impending storm.
About Around Town: Every week day, we'll provide you with a scene from around Easton. Let us know what you think about the scene in our comments section! Mutual Gas Station at the corner of Depot Street and Washington Street was short on gas Friday morning as the Blizzard of 2013 approached and residents hurried to fuel up. While one lane remained open, another was completely closed with plastic covering the pumps.
Follow along with Easton Patch during the Blizzard of 2013