Friday, February 22, 2013
Predictions vary for this winter storm. Whatever happens, Lynnfield needs some more snow removal funds after this month's blizzard.
he region is bracing for another weekend winter storm, and this one has the potential to bring heavy, wet snow known for causing blackouts and other difficulties. But, "potential" is the key term here. The National Weather Service has established a hazardous weather outlook for Eastern Massachusetts and other nearby parts of New England. According to the NWS forecast, Saturday and Sunday will both see a mix of rain and snow continuing into late Sunday night with temperatures largely in the mid 30s. The NWS forecast does call for 6-10 inches of snow, but in areas with more elevation more toward Central Massachusetts. A Thursday night NWS snowfall map predicted less than one inch for the coast - now that stands at 4 to 6 inches. At WHDH in …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Storm making its way toward New England could arrive just in time for dinner on Saturday.
A winter storm expected to bring a foot of snow to the Midwest is making its way toward New England and will apparently arrive on Saturday night. A National Weather Service forecast calls for some snow in the Lynnfield area before 1 p.m. on Saturday before giving way to rain. On Saturday night, more snow is expected, lasting into Sunday night. In his blog on the WHDH.com website, meteorologist Jeremy Reiner says that "6-12 (inches) seems like a good starting point." After the storm, weather is expected to be on the side of snow removal efforts, with sunny skies and highs in the 40s expected on both Monday and Tuesday.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
With some variations, all North Shore communities were around 27 inches of snowfall in the Blizzard of 2013. Lynnfield has now seen 43.75 inches fall this winter.
Over the weekend, the National Weather Service provided various snowfall totals for North Shore towns, as reported by local residents and others. For example, neighboring Wakefield received 27.5 inches, Peabody received 25.5 inches, and Lynn received 27 inches. In Lynnfield, the town Department of Public Works routinely keeps snowfall information on its own, and on Monday reported on its website that 26.5 inches fell in the latest storm over a 26-hour span. For the winter of 2012-2013, Lynnfield has now received 43.75 inches of snow. Before the Blizzard of 2013, the most significant snowfall of the season was December 30th, when 5.5. inches fell. Two other occasions saw snowfall in the three inch neighborhood this winter. Otherwise, nine …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Here's a quick look at how much got dumped on various North Shore towns over the weekend.
This weekend's blizzard, so dubbed Nemo by the Weather Channel, dumped a lot of snow across Southern New England between Friday night and Saturday morning. Here's a look at how much was reported in cities and towns around the North Shore. The following chart is compiled from information released by the National Weather Service in Taunton based on unofficial observations taken during the storm. Reports come from highway departments, residents, news outlets, Skywarn spotters and others. You can see the rest of the numbers here for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
So long how does it take to melt two feet of snow? We might get a pretty good idea after this week.
New Englanders got their first major snowstorm in a couple of years this weekend, but it remains to be seen how long the stuff will actually stick around in the Lynnfield area. As noted earlier in the weekend, the Blizzard of 2013 dumped a reported 27.5 inches of snow on Wakefield and 25.5 inches on Peabody. The National Weather Service forecasts up to half an inch of rain falling on Monday, primarily before 5 p.m. After that, some additional rain is possible during the evening, as well as scattered fog. Monday's weather is expected to start by mid-morning with a possible wintry mix giving way to rain as the temperature potentially rises into the mid 40s. The nighttime temperature is expected to hover around the freezing point. Looking …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Thanks to the blizzard, Lynnfield is expecting up to 30 inches of snow this weekend. See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
Saturday, February 9
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows snowfall in the past 24 hours. It is updated every 6 hours. This is not a map showing overall snow depth: It only tracks the amount of snow that has fallen in the past day. The map is centered around the red marker, which is in the middle of Lynnfield Patch's coverage area.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Stay in the loop during this weekend's potentially historic winter storm. Regular updates will be provided at this link throughout the storm.
Updates: 3:17 p.m. - National Weather Service: 27.5 inches recorded in Wakefield, 25.5 inches in Peabody. 2:06 p.m. - The Lynnfield Police issued a statement noting that while the state's driving ban will be lifted at 4 p.m., it will still be hazardous to be out on the road - so if you don't need to be out there, don't go. 1:20 p.m. - The state's driving ban will be lifted as of 4 p.m. and has already been lifted in Western Mass. 7:37 a.m. Saturday - Another check-in with Lynnfield Police Chief David Breen finds that so far, only one resident (on Salem Street) has reported a power outage due to the storm - although at this point there's still a fair amount of snow left to fall. 9:14 p.m. Friday - Scratch that last note. 15 minutes later, …
A blizzard warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
OK, so that two feet of snow we were preparing to get last night? You might want to add another foot to that. The National Weather Service Friday morning adjusted its predicted snowfall totals to three feet. The timing of the snowfall is roughly the same: with light snow falling in Worcester, Middlesex and Norfolk counties Friday morning, and becoming heavy later in the afternoon and into the Friday evening commute. So, as WHDH meteorologist Jeremy Reiner notes in his blog, you have a "few hours left this morning" to run some errands, but travel will deteriorate this afternoon. By 7 tonight, most towns will have 2 to 4 inches, Reiner predicted. The storm should be the worst from 7 p.m. Friday to noon tomorrow, when snow could fall at a …
Here are guidelines from the USDA regarding the safety of food in a refrigerator without power.
With the Blizzard of 2013 predicted to hit us hard today, losing power is a significant threat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." But, the refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if unopened during a power outage, according to the USDA. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours if full (24 hours of half full), the USDA says. The USDA emphasizes "never to taste food to determine its safety" and says that you should "evaluate each item separately." …
Lynnfield's snow emergency is in effect starting at 7 a.m. Blizzard conditions expected later Friday into Saturday.
Snowfall is expected to start early Friday morning with no end in sight until around midafternoon on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. An overnight forecast from the NWS called for snow to start in the Lynnfield area between 4 and 7 a.m., with wind gusts reaching as high as 31 mph. The town's snow emergency is in effect as of 7 a.m. on Friday. Accumulation may be relatively slow in the early part of the day, but by late Friday night, as much as 18 inches of snow could be on the ground - with wind gusts possibly as high as 65 mph. On Thursday, the NWS upgraded its alert for the Lynnfield area to a blizzard warning. Throughout the storm, Lynnfield Patch will provide storm updates, public safety alerts and other news at …