Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Residents must move cars out of snow-emergency parking lots by 8 p.m.
Somerville snow emergency is set to end at 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to an alert from the city of Somerville. Here's the alert: Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with snow emergency information for Tuesday, March 19th. As of 6:00 p.m. this evening, the City is lifting its emergency declaration. Cars currently parked in city and school lots must be moved by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and all other parking regulations will go into effect at that time. Please remember that property owners MUST shovel sidewalks up to 42” in width in accordance with City ordinance, and we are also asking for assistance in shoveling out hydrants in your neighborhood, if possible. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this storm. …
The numbers were a little on the high side, but not abnormally high, according to a city spokesperson.
About 200 of you may have woken up this morning to find six or seven inches of snow on the ground and that your car had been towed. That—200—is about how many cars were towed Monday night and early Tuesday morning due to the snow emergency in Somerville, according to Jackie Rossetti, a spokesperson for the city of Somerville. That number "might be slightly higher" than with most snow emergencies, but it's not "abnormal," Rossetti said. She said most snow emergencies lead to the city towing between 100 and 200 cars. "Our hope is not to tow that many," she said. When Somerville declares a snow emergency, as it did Monday night, residents have four hours to move their cars from even-numbered sides of the street to odd-numbered sides or into …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Public schools are canceled on Tuesday.
In anticipation of a mid-March winter snow storm expected to hit the Boston area Monday night and Tuesday morning, Somerville has declared a snow emergency that takes effect Monday at 6 p.m. Here's a refresher on snow emergency procedures in Somerville. In addition, Somerville public schools will be closed Tuesday, according to a constituent services alert sent Monday afternoon. Here's the full text of the alert: Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with important snow emergency information for Monday, March 18th. Based on current weather forecasts, the City will be declaring a snow emergency, effective at 6:00 p.m. on Monday. School has been cancelled for Tuesday, March 19th. During snow emergencies, parking is …
Forecasts vary, but it looks like Somerville will get anywhere from two to eight inches of snow Monday night and Tuesday morning
It's one of the last things people in Somerville want to hear: We're getting more snow. Most of you are probably bracing for, or stoically ignoring, the snow storm that's expected to hit the Somerville area Monday night and Tuesday morning. So, how much snow will we get? Local TV stations and National Weather Service have slightly differnet predictions. Here's what they're saying: By the way, Wednesday is the first day of spring.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Somerville schools and the MBTA remained open Friday as snow totals mounted in the region. What do you think: Should there have been a snow emergency in Somerville? Should the city have closed schools?
Schools were open Friday in Somerville, and there was no snow emergency in the city, even as the area was expecting a total of 8 to 12 inches of snow by the end of a storm that, arguably, caught the region by surprise. By 7 a.m. Friday morning, about 7.4 inches of snow had fallen at Boston's Logan Airport, and by around 11:30 a.m., 8.5 inches had fallen in nearby Melrose, according to the National Weather Service. Anecdotally, I measured about 7 inches of snow on top of my car Friday morning. You can also see a map of snowfall totals in the area here. Meanwhile, WHDH was reporting the Somerville area would probably end up with 8 to 12 inches, when all is said and done. The TV station reported the snow would end in Somerville at around 3 p.…
The Somerville area had received about 7.5 inches of snow by Friday morning. See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows total snowfall in the Somerville area over the past 3 days. The map is centered around the red marker, which is in the middle of Somerville Patch's coverage area, and the map updates every six hours, starting around 2 a.m. each day. Note: This map is not visible on some mobile devices.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Somerville could get anywhere from three to eight inches of snow, according to Thursday-morning forecasts.
Snowfall predictions for the current snow storm hitting Somerville have varied over the past 24 hours. At first forecasters said the area could receive four to eight inches of snow. Later on Wednesday, those predictions were downgraded to a few inches of wet snow, and some forecasters said Somerville would get mostly rain. Thursday morning, the picture has changed again, with expected snow totals rising again—something anyone in Somerville looking out the window could confirm. Here are the latest snowfall predictions from a handful of local forecasters: What's more, forecasters agree this storm will last through Thursday night and into Friday, so pay attention to possible school closures and traffic headaches on Friday.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A long-duration storm is knocking on the city's door, but most local meteorologists expect little snow in Boston.
The Boston area is in for some wet weather Wednesday through Friday, according to local forecasts, but don't get out your snow shovels yet. Although earlier predictions were calling for anywhere from four to eight inches of snow in the area, now local weather teams aren't predicting very much snow around Boston. Instead, expect a lot of rain and maybe some heavy slushy snow in spots. While areas inland may get a half a foot of snow, Boston's bigger concern is the three high tides during this storm. Here are the latest forecasts from the local television news weather teams. All totals were updated Wednesday morning. WHDH (7 News): All rain WLVI (NewsCenter 5): 1-2 inches along the coast, six inches or more inland WBZ (CBS Local): 2-4 inches…
Another 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall in Somerville starting Wednesday night through Friday morning, according to forecasters, as another storm heads towards southern New England.
Punxsutawney Phil's prognostication back on Groundhog Day for an early spring is increasingly looking like a cruel joke on the public. Somerville could see between 4 and 8 inches of snow starting Wednesday night through Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), which issued a winter storm watch on Tuesday night. "There is still some uncertainty with snowfall amounts, but this storm will have a significant impact on southern New England," the NWS said. The forecast calls for a chance of rain showers during the day on Wednesday, as the high temperature will hover near 42 degrees with a steady northeast wind between 13 and 21 miles per hour and gusts as high as 36 miles per hour. But as the temperature drops overnight…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Teens could receive a small stipend for shoveling.
After heavy snowfall throughout February, Somerville is expecting, well, more snow. All this snow is difficult for senior citizens to shovel, and the city is asking for volunteers to help their older neighbors. Also, if you're a senior who could use a little help shoveling—it's not worth throwing your back out to shovel a sidewalk when a local teen could possibly earn a small stipend to do it—let the city know. Below is information from the city: Are you looking for ways to help your neighbors this winter? Are you a Somerville senior citizen or a resident with disabilities who needs assistance with shoveling? The City of Somerville is seeking volunteers aged 18 and older to assist senior citizens and residents with disabilities with snow…