Thursday, February 21, 2013
After days of wildly different predictions, the area's forecast is beginning to take shape.
All the experts agree: It’s going to snow in Boston this weekend. But how much and when the snow will start seems to be up in the air. Depending on whose map you used on Wednesday, Boston was in for either a few inches or a foot of heavy, wet snow. By Thursday morning, however, all of the local news broadcasts started to fall in line on the same theme: The rain will linger along the coast and spare Boston from the heaviest snowfall totals. Here’s a look at the forecasts from the different local news station meteorologists. All these totals were updated Thursday morning: WHDH (7 News): 4-8 inches WLVI (NewsCenter 5): 4-8 inches WBZ (CBS Local): 4-8 inches WFXT (MyFox Boston): 4-8 inches along the immediate coast, but a potential for over …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Crews have spread across the city to remove remaining snow piles.
The city is coordinating an effort to remove leftover - and abundant - snow piles. Snow Strike Force teams, comprised of members from the Boston Public Works Department, Boston Transportation Department, Boston Police Department, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, were in Egleston Square Monday afternoon, according to a press release from Mayor Thomas Menino's office Monday afternoon. Jamaica Plain was buried in more than 2 feet of snow for what seemed like the duration of the storm and into Sunday and Monday. Though the rain and warm weather has helped melt some of the snow, slush, water and snow drifts have made driving extremely difficult along the side streets. Jamaica Plain residents can tweet at @NotifyBoston if your …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Mayor Thomas Menino's office said the city is adding 40 additional pieces of cleanup equipment to go along with the 600 already deployed.
The city is focusing on plowing side streets Sunday, according to a press statement issued from Mayor Thomas Menino's office. “Our number one priority today is getting to the side streets,” Menino said in the statement. “Residents have been very patient as we work to recover from the fifth largest snow storm to ever hit the City of Boston. We are doing everything we can to get additional pieces of equipment into residential areas, including coordinating with MEMA to get federal and state resources. As our crews work, I’m urging drivers to continue to stay off the roads.” The city has added 40 pieces of equipment from private contractors and other states to go along with the 600 pieces already deployed. Several streets have yet to be plowed…
The lot, on Chestnut Avenue near Biltmore Street, is used by several as free parking, according to a reader.
Sunday, February 10
Below is a letter to the editor from a reader on Chestnut Avenue: I live on chestnut avenue in JP. My fiancé is a co-owner of a parking lot on chestnut avenue near biltmore street. One of the owners lives out of state and the other two don't offer to help shovel/snow plow at all or to pay someone to do it. There is limited communication about this lot, despite our many attempts to come up with a plan for how to maintain and improve the lot, which many consider free off street parking. Two winters ago, we had multiple storms. My fiancé, one or two neighbors and I removed the snow. I was amazed by the lack of interest in helping to remove snow from what is being used as a community parking lot. Once this lot was purchased, it was our hope…
Jamaica Plain, like the rest of Boston, got nearly two-feet of snow during the Blizzard of 2013.
As the citizens of Jamaica Plain dig out today, several left lasting memories on various forms of social media while more than 2 feet of snow battered the area. By 8 p.m. Friday, the blizzard was bearing down. While much of the Cape Cod area had power outages, most of the lights in Jamaica Plain stayed on. Though there was a brief power outage scare. @TheMaxWhite tweeted at 8:30: “Power might be about to go out in Jamaica Plain... lots of flickers.” Four-and-a-half hours earlier, a driving ban, ordered by Gov. Deval Patrick, kicked into effect. @Blackcurrents made use of Twitter’s new Vine video player. She tweeted along with the 6-second video: "Deserted and snow covered Jamaica Plain." @LifewithRoozle was out with a ruler as late as 10p.…
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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 Jamaica Plain'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 (…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Check here often for updates about service delays and cancellations, new forecast information, and more info you'll need to make it through the storm.
The current storm, Feb. 7-9: Snow Emergency Delays, Cancellations and Closings: Scroll down for important phone numbers, websites and more. Stay with Jamaica Plain Patch as we keep you updated throughout the storm. JAMAICA PLAIN PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates Important numbers listed by the city: List of city-authorized cab companies: Was your car towed? Snow removal during and after the storm
Gov. Deval Patrick said roads will be OK for travel beginning at 4 p.m.
The state driving ban will be lifted at 4 p.m. today. Gov. Deval Patrick tweeted from his official account just before 1 p.m.: “Driving ban lifted immediately for Nantucket County & for all communities west of I-91; driving ban lifted statewide as of 4 PM,” Gov. Deval Patrick tweeted from his official @MassGovernor account. Patrick signed an executive order to ban vehicle traffic beginning at 4 p.m. Friday. It was the first time the order had been signed since 1978. Penalties for driving during the ban include a $500 fine and up to one year in prison.
The transit shutdown will continue indefinitely.
The now two-day blizzard that has crushed Boston has caused the MBTA to stay shut down through Saturday. “Due to the impacts of a severe winter storm, MBTA service will remain suspended on all modes Saturday, February 9, 2013,” says a post on MBTA.com. MBTA personnel will be clearing tracks in an effort to get the subways, commuter rail trains and buses back up and running. The MBTA does not have an estimate on when service will resume.