Framingham Highway Director: ‘We’re Ready For the Storm’

FRAMINGHAM – This afternoon, the National Weather Service increased the forecast for snow for MetroWest, including Framingham from 1 to 3 inches to 4 to 7 inches, with a layer of ice.

Framingham Highway Director Dan Nau said his crews are ready for the storm, but is worried about the forecast for ice.

Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay said in a Tweet “We’re watching the weather and working together with the City to make any determinations about school tomorrow. We will let you know if there are any schedule changes as soon as information becomes available.”

The storm is forecasted to start tonight, November 15 and will continue into Friday.

Nau said the City of Framingham is ready for the first snow storm of the season.

“Plows have been put on all our trucks,” said Nau, of the city’s fleet of about 60 trucks.

DPW crews will be responsible for clearing and maintaining 255 miles of roads, said Nau.

He said “the longer it sleets, the worst it will be.”

Nau said “if it sleets for an hour, and then turns to rain, that is helpful for cleanup.”

But snow and ice, couples with heavy rain, could also create localized road flooding.

Pavement temperatures will be around freezing for this storm, which also adds to the headache of cleanup.

And if the storm brings more ice than rain, there could be tree limb issues, that cause power outages, or block roads.

“There are a lot of unknowns with this storm,” said Nau. “But we are ready.”

 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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

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