Saturday, February 9, 2013
Do you agree with the governor's decision or was it too drastic?
All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard. (Editor's note: The ban is lifted statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday.) Patrick's executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe. While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe. Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban …
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Friday, February 8, 2013
Let's measure the blizzard through lawn ornaments!
We at Patch like to have fun – even when we’re covering a story as big as the Blizzard of ’13! So when the biggest storm in years (potentially in the history of Boston weather) is headed our way, we get into battle mode – and even get a little silly. That’s what this idea is about – and we want you to take part too! A fun way we want to track the storm across Massachusetts is through lawn ornaments. They serve a purpose in the spring and summer, but often feel left out in the cold of winter. Not anymore. We are posting photos of lawn ornaments throughout Massachusetts to highlight snowfall across the commonwealth during and after the storm. All you need to do is hit the Upload Photos and Videos button and upload your own. If we’re stuck at…
Wayland Highway Director Stephen Kadlik said his crews are ready, but he needs Wayland residents to do their part.
Stephen Kadlik was working for the Wayland Parks Department when the blizzard of '78 struck. He spent an entire week clearing Stonebridge Road. Things are a bit different now as Winter Storm Nemo, a potential blizzard, bears down on Wayland. "The biggest differences between the two is better weather reporting and better equipment," said Kadlik, now Wayland's Highway Department director. "The biggest thing is to stay on top of it." Kadlik said the town is prepared with 29 pieces of town-owned equipment and 18 sub-contractors. There are eight sanding trucks standing by. “We’re prepared for it," Kadlik said. "We’ve got enough equipment." Kadlik said that his crews do need residents' help to keep up with the storm. “Everybody get home safely…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
White out conditions are expected as the storm intensifies.
What began as a blizzard watch for the Wayland area has now been upgraded to a blizzard warning. The National Weather Service issued the warning for the majority of Eastern Massachusetts Thursday afternoon, as it anticipates about 2 feet of snow to descend upon the area Friday into Saturday. "White out conditions are anticipated as roads become snow-covered by the Friday evening commute," the warning states. "Strong north-northeast winds are anticipated with gusts up to around 60 miles per hour, resulting in blowing and drifting of snow. Damage to trees and structures along with scattered power outages are anticipated." Residents can expect the potential of snow falling at 3-to-4 inches per hour and wind gusts of more than 20 miles per …
The nor'easter is expected to become intense by early afternoon.
[UPDATE] The decision to CLOSE schools came at about 10 p.m. Thursday night. There are NO CLASSES on Friday, Feb. 8 [ORIGINAL ARTICLE] Wayland Public Schools Superintendent Paul Stein has decided to send students home early on Friday Feb. 8, ahead of the predicted nor'easter. Stein said that these plans could change if the governor calls for a different response statewide. Forecasters are calling for a massive nor'easter to drop as much as 24 inches of snow (or more) in Wayland and surrounding areas begining Friday morning. For our up-to-date list of closings, posteponements and cancellations related to the storm, head to the Winter Storm: Wayland Information Center.
Stay up to date with the latest on this weekend's blizzard
[10:40 a.m.] The MBTA will remain shut down throughout Sunday, and officials are saying the hope it's up and running for Monday morning's commute. In other transportation news, Logan Airport is digging out and some flights are getting in and out of Boston. Call ahead to check on your flight if you have one scheduled today. As for Wayland Public Schools, there's no word yet on whether schools will be in session tomorrow. We will keep you posted. [5:30 p.m.] The driving ban ended at 4 p.m., and Patch took a trip through the main roads of Wayland to assess the situation. [12:55 p.m.] Driving ban lifted for Wayland at 4 p.m. "Please still stay off the roads unless necessary to allow plows, utility crews & safety officials to clear streets & …
We're keeping a running list of the businesses, events, meetings and more that the Blizzard of 2013 is impacting.
The cancellations and closings due to the Blizzard of 2013 started coming in well over 24 hours before the worst of the storm was expected to strike. We're keeping a running list of the changes we've heard about. If you know of a closing, postponement or cancellations, PLEASE add it in the comments below. We'll need everyone pitching in to keep this list as informative and helpful as possible. Church Services: Transportation: Events: Schools: Businesses: Government:
Here's the latest on how you need to prepare for Winter Storm Nemo in Wayland.
Looks like Nemo is going to find us ... (Come on, you knew we couldn't get through this storm without at least one Pixar reference). As the day of Winter Storm Nemo's arrival draws closer, the forecasts aren't getting any less hairy. Looking at a couple of accumulation maps reveals that 16 inches for the Wayland area appears to be the bare minimum. Eighteen inches minimum actually shows up on more maps, and the maximum numbers are at two feet or more. Fox 25 meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz told Patch via a tweet that he'd recommend people head home by 3 p.m. Friday ("to be safe"), especially if they plan to use the T. If you drive to and from work, plan to be home around noon, Fox 25 Meteorologist Shiri Spear said on a morning newscast. …
With Winter Storm Nemo bearing down on Wayland, it seemed a good time to collect some ideas for how to make the most of the storm.
If the weather predictions are correct, Wayland stands to collect 18 inches or more of snow over the course of Friday and into Saturday morning. And while we know there are plenty of reasons to grumble about 18-plus inches of snow (the shoveling, the bad roads, the dirty snow piles, etc.), we're choosing here to focus on the positive. There are at least a few people who have admitted to being a bit excited about the prospect of some serious snow, so we know there are some people looking on the bright side. And we're asking for those folks to finish the sentence, "The best part of a Wayland snowstorm is ..." Post your thoughts in the comments section!