UPDATED: Foot of Snow Falls in Framingham; DPW Dealing With Snow, Cold, Salt, and Water Issues Today

Originally posted at 5:25 p.m. Updated with quotes from Mayor at 7:20 p.m. Last updated at 9:10 p.m. with details from Framingham Deputy Police Chief Steve Trask

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FRAMINGHAM – All morning, and all afternoon, Framingham Department of Public Works has had more than 125 vehicles out plowing the streets in the City of Framingham, said Highway Director Danny Nau.

 “Currently, we are in the plowing stage, said Nau this afternoon to Framingham Source. “We are trying to keep the major roads open and passable for emergency vehicles.”

Governor Charlie Baker had requested that people try to stay off the roads during this snow storm.

 The storm is expected to continue after the sun goes down. The National Weather Service has snowing falling in Framingham and MetroWest through 8 to 9 p.m.

Framingham had more than a foot of snow as of 4:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

 “City of First and foremost I want to thank the entire team, including the Framingham Public Works Department, Capital Projects and Facilities Management, Framingham Police Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, Framingham Public Schools and the Fire Department for their commitment and outstanding response to the storm. I couldn’t be prouder of the leadership in this community. We have been on top of this storm since this morning, checking in with the Public Works Operation Center, the Emergency Operations Center and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency,” said City of Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer tonight.

Schools will be closed for a second day on Friday, as will city offices. Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay made the call for snow day #2 of the school year just before 3:30 p.m.

“When the snow stops, we we enter clean-up mode,” said Nau.

“We will start with the major roads, clean the intersections, and then the secondary roads,” said Nau.

Tremblay tweeted after 5 p.m. today “Thank you DPW for heading out into this storm while most of us remain warm at home. We appreciate all that you do!”

“After that we will clean the parking lots andthe school pick up zones,” said Nau. “And then, we will tackle the 90 miles of sidewalks.”

Nau said the cold temperatures make the job harder for his crews.

“The salt doesn’t work as well when we go below 28 degrees,” said Nau, whos aid they need to treat it with additional chemicals, a longe process, so the salt works on the roads.

Nau said the cold temperatures was also “wreaking havoc” on the equipment.

Besides the snowstorm, Framingham DPW also had to deal with a water main break on Second Street today, said Nau.

Framingham Police Lt. Patty Grigas said there no major crashes to report as of  1 p.m.

“People took the advice and are staying off the roads,” said Lt. Grigas.

Mayor Spicer said “I also want to remind people to please stay off the roads and let the team finish the snow removal operation safely and check on your neighbors who may need assistance.”

A weather emergency parking ban remains in effect until 8 a.m. Friday.

“People need to stay off the roads,” said the Governor, at a media briefing.  “Road crews need to do their jobs.”

Nau said after the snow stops, his crews will deal with not only cold temperatures, but high winds, which will cause “drifting issues.”

Besides the wind, the National Weather Service is forecasting record cold temperatures and wind chills on Friday and Saturday.

The Mayor’s office said, if families and seniors lose electricity tonighttomorrow, or over the weekend they should contact the City of Framingham Emergency Operations Center at 508- 532-5800.

Framingham Deputy Police Chief Steve Trask said at 9 p.m. that the Emergency Operations Center would be “standing down at 10 p.m.”

“We have no issues and no power outages,” said Deputy Chief Trask.

If families or senior citizens have emergency electricty or heating issues for an extended period of time, they should call 9-1-1.

Trask said the City would assist if there are isolated outages, and the homeowners can not make other arrangements.

However, Trask noted there are no shelters operating in the MetroWest area, that Framingham Police know about.

 

 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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