BLIZZARD 2022: Motorists Asked To Stay Off Roads As Snow Continues To Fall

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FRAMINGHAM – With the Blizzard still raging, residents are asked to stay off the roads still.

Framingham Highway Director Kathryn Ronconi stressed the “importance of staying off the road as visibility is very poor and driving conditions are difficult.”

About 150 City of Framingham and contracted pieces of equipment have been “working to clear roads since the early morning hours,” said Ronconi.

Mayor Charlie Sisitsky, a retired Public Works Director from Natick, has been staying in constant touch with theDPW team regarding storm efforts, according to the administration.

“We’re currently experiencing heavy bands of snowfall with high rates of accumulation. High winds are leading to drifting and blowing snow,” added the City’s Highway Director.

The National Weather Service said snow will continue until about 10 p.m. today, January 29, with possible 1-2 inches of snow per hour through 6 p.m.

“The snow could be heavy at times, with a high temperature of 20. Winds are out of the Northwest at about 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour,” said the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service uses meteorologists, trained spotters, ham radio operators, the media, and the general public to record snowfall totals.

Framingham had a recording of 12 inches at 1:37 p.m. today. A recording of 9.8 inches was recorded in Natick at 12:28 p.m.

UPDATED: A trained spotter recorded 11.5 inches in Town of Natick at 3 p.m.

With the blizzard-like conditions, snowfall totals are expected to vary. Wind drifts could create false total in some areas.

Across the Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has approximately 3,900 pieces of state and vendor equipment available for snow and ice operations and this includes over 1,400 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.

The Governor has request everyone stay off the roads today, except emergency employees.

The City of Framingham instituted an emergency parking ban at 6 a.m. that will remain until Monday at 6 a.m. Vehicles not removed are subject to towing.

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