Dec. 26 Storm Center: Weather Updates, Closings, Emergency Info, and Your Reports & Photos
Check here often for updates on the Dec. 26-27 storm. Add photos of snow on your street, and tell us about conditions where you live in the comments.
EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS IS AN ARCHIVE OF THE DEC. 26 STORM CENTER.
UPDATED AT 12:30 a.m.: Check here often for updates on the Dec. 26-27 storm including local closings. As of noon Monday, the National Weather Service was reporting 16.5 inches of snowfall at their East Boston observation stations and 17 inches in Saugus. Strong winds, with gusts up to 40 mph, are predicted to continue through tonight. Caution is advised.
Add photos of snow on your street, and tell us about conditions where you live in the comments. How much snow have you measured in Somerville?
The current storm:
- Winter Storm with blizzard conditions likely from Sunday, Dec. 26 to Monday, Dec. 27.
- National Weather Service forecast
- Current NWS Storm warnings and advisories: Blizzard Warning.
- Roads and sidewalks are slippery and may become icy over night. The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures may drop down to 13 degrees Monday night.
- According to City spokesperson, Jaclyn Rossetti, the Chief of Police reports five automobile accidents occurred overnight--a higher number than the average of about two to three.
- All cars must be parked on the odd-numbered side of the road. Towing of cars that are not moved will begin 4 hours after the declaration of the emergency.
- Residents may park for free in school and municipal parking lots. You must park after the snow emergency starts and vacate the lot within 2 hours (by 10 p.m. on Monday) after the emergency is lifted. If you remain in the lot beyond the permitted hours, your car will be subject to ticketing and towing.
- Remember, cars must be cleared of snow within 48 hours after the end of the storm and parking stickers must be visible within 24 hours to avoid being ticketed.
- All school offices will be closed on Mon. Dec. 27
- Vacation Camp is canceled, on Dec. 27, and the Kennedy Pool is also closed.
- The Tufts University campus in Somerville/Medford will be closed on Mon. Dec. 27.
- Schools are closed all week for winter vacation.
- The City will operate with emergency and public safety staff only on Mon. Dec. 27. All non-emergency questions should be directed to 311.
- All Harvard Vanguard practices, including the Holland Ave. office, will be closed for routine care on Mon. Dec 27. Some offices will offer limited services starting at noon. Contact your doctor's office for more information.
- All libraries in the City are closed on Mon.
Mass Dept. of Transportation Traffic Cams:
In case of a power outage:
The City has set up a number of sites to be used as shelters in the case of a power outage. CTY Calls will be made and police will patrol the streets making loudspeaker announcements to alert residents.
A call to N-STAR at 12:44 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28 confirmed that a large area of Somerville, mostly around Union Square, is without power tonight. In case of an emergency, please call 911 or dial 311 for non-emergencies.
- When the storm ends, residents will have a six-hour window to clean sidewalks before violations will be issued by the City's Inspectional Services Department.
- As per City ordinance, snow may not be shoveled into the street.
- The entire force of DPW plows, salt and sand trucks is on duty for the duration of the storm. Private plow companies will also be on hand to help the City, especially with the plowing of side streets, according to a City spokesperson.
- Trash collection will continue as usual today, Mon. Dec 27.
- In an emergency, dial 911
- Police Department: (617) 625-1600
- Fire department: (617) 623-8866
- DPW: 311 (617-666-3311 from outside of Somerville)
- National Grid power outages: (800) 465-1212
- National Grid gas emergencies: (800) 233-5325
- NSTAR power outages: (800) 592-2000
- Comcast: (800) COMCAST [1-800-266-2278]
- RCN: 800.746.4726
- Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)