The flakes are falling in Southborough, and by the time all is said and done on Saturday, forecasters say we may have upwards of 2 feet on the ground. Governor Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency, and for the first time since the Blizzard of ’78, has ordered all cars off the road starting at 4:00 pm today.
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Update Saturday, 3:30 pm: Governor Patrick has ended the travel ban for our area starting at 4:00 pm today, but keep in mind that narrowed roads and blowing snow may still make for tricky driving. Please be careful as you make your way around town.
Things seem pretty well under control here in Southborough, so this will likely be my last update to the Live Blog. I’ll be posting a gallery of your blizzard photos on the blog in a little bit. Contribute yours by emailing them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update Saturday, 10:15 am: The official reading from the National Weather Service had snowfall in Southborough at 25.5 inches as of 6:46 am, but of course, it has continued to snow, so the final tally will be greater than that.
The statewide travel ban is still in place. Governor Deval Patrick has said he will reevaluate the ban later this morning, but media outlets are saying the ban may stretch into tomorrow in some parts of the state.
As you start digging out this morning, please remember to clear furnace vents on the side of your house to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. See this post for more information. The Southborough Fire Department also asks for your help digging out fire hydrants in your neighborhood.
Update Saturday, 8:50 am: The flakes are still coming down in Southborough this morning. I haven’t been out with a yardstick to measure, but reports on Twitter range from 21-26 inches in Southborough, with drifts even deeper.
National Grid does not report any power outages in Southborough, so that’s the best news of the morning.
Plows are out, but a travel ban is still in place, so you’re asked to continue to stay off the roads.
Update Friday, 10:15 pm: The snow and wind are picking up, as is the chatter on the police scanner. Fire crews responded to the Town Center Plaza for a small fire in the engine compartment of a plow-equipped pickup truck. A couple of vehicles have gotten stuck in the snow, including a pickup on Route 9 by the Volvo dealer and a car at the intersection of Boston and Framingham Roads.
National Grid reports nearly 80,000 customers are without power, but most of those are in Bristol, Norfolk, and Plymouth counties. Only a handful in Worcester county are in the dark at this point, none in Southborough. Here’s hoping it stays that way.
Update Friday, 5:30 pm: Things are relatively quiet as night falls on Southborough, but forecasters say the snow will continue with the heaviest bands and strongest winds still to come. The plows are out trying to keep things clear. Emergency responders have been called out to few incidents like a spinout on Woodland Road and medical calls, but so far nothing major.
Update Friday, 3:00 pm: A winter parking ban is in effect in Southborough so the plows can do their work. No street parking is allowed. Cars parked on the street may be towed.