Boston Declares Snow Emergency as Mass. Preps for Major Storm, Possible Outages

Crews spent Wednesday preparing for a major storm threatening to deliver over a foot of snow to many parts of New England overnight and into Thursday.

The storm is projected to dump up to 18 inches of snow on parts of the region[1]. Starting Wednesday night, the system could develop into blizzard conditions by Thursday morning, potentially causing power outages and flooding along the coast.

Across Massachusetts, people were preparing for a major snowstorm that threatened to dump over a foot of snow, with a snow emergency in Boston and Gov. Charlie Baker urging people to stay off the roads to help already-overwhelmed first responders.

Hundreds of pieces of road-clearing equipment were deployed across Massachusetts Wednesday night, while in New Hampshire, the Department of Transportation was encouraging only essential travel on Thursday, asking everyone to stay home.

Mayor Marty Walsh declared a snow emergency in Boston ahead of the storm. A parking ban is in effect starting at 6 p.m. and all school buildings will be closed on Thursday. City departments and some COVID testing sites will also be closed as a result of the storm.

People in New Hampshire are gearing up for the first big snowstorm of the season.

“We haven’t had a major snowstorm since March 3, 2019, over 21 months ago, so I’m urging everyone to be ready and prepared for this one,” Walsh said at a news conference.

He added that the city would be able to contend with the storm, despite all the hurdles raised by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We still have to do all the plowing, all the shoveling. We still have to clear the pathways,” Walsh said.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says while COVID-19 makes things more challenging, it should not affect the city’s ability to remove snow during the anticipated winter storm.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. on Wednesday through 1 p.m. on Thursday for Franklin, Hampshire, Essex, Norfolk, Hampden, Suffolk, Middlesex and Worcester counties. Massachusetts is asking commuters to limit speeds and plan ahead.

With wind gusts expected to reach 50 mph, Eversource is bracing for impact on the electric system. The energy company is positioning line and tree crews across the state to respond to any damage or outages caused by the storm.

It has also secured hundreds of crews from Canada, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Indiana to support storm response, the company announced in a press release.

Meanwhile, New Englanders took stock of their own winter gear ahead of what was shaping up to be the first major snowstorm of the season for most.

Paul Chiofar, of Wrentham, bought a snow blower last year but it didn’t last long. He said it broke the first time he used it, so he returned the equipment and didn’t need another for the rest of the season. Chiofar hit a hardware store this week to buy a new one.

“I didn’t want to wait and buy a snow blower after I missed the biggest storm of the year,” Chiofar said.

While many will hunker down during the storm, Jeff Draper of Westwood is getting ready to head out at its peak to do snow removal.

“Make sure the loaders start, make sure everything’s got fuel, make sure your employees know they’re coming in – what time they start,” Draper said of is to-do list.

Residents would be well-served to remember to fill up gas tanks, inflate car tires and check washer fluids and wiper blades. Scrapers, shovels and blankets are also handy to keep in the car.

In Framingham, residents packed the Stop & Shop and Whole Foods to stock up for last-minute items.

“Well you know this is winter,” said Ed Kaplan with a laugh. “We got to hunker down until the storm blows over.”

Yacine Ibrahimi of Casablanca Services in Framingham was also getting ready for the storm with his dozens of trucks that will hit the roads at midnight to plow both residential and commercial accounts in the greater Boston area.

“It’s been so long. We haven’t had a big storm like this, I believe it was the last three years we had small storms, 3-4 inches, now we’re getting the big date. Maybe going to pay off — we hope so,” Ibrahimi said.

This year, Ibrahimi said plowing in the pandemic will be a little different.

“With Covid, we have to be very cautious. There’s not going to be a lot of interactions with people, not to interact with us, let us do our jobs, and that’s how it’s going to be in the COVID era,” he said.

City officials in Framingham said they have about 100 trucks, both city owned, and contracted out, ready to go for the storm. Fire Chief Mike Dutcher was reminding residents to stay off the roads so that crews have the room they need to clear the roads.

“Be prepared for power outages. If you do use a generator make sure that it’s away from the house, it’s not inside the house,” Dutcher said.


  1. ^ up to 18 inches of snow on parts of the region (
  2. ^ iOS (
  3. ^ Android (

Source URL: Read More
The public content above was dynamically discovered – by graded relevancy to this site’s keyword domain name. Such discovery was by systematic attempts to filter for “Creative Commons“ re-use licensing and/or by Press Release distributions. “Source URL” states the content’s owner and/or publisher. When possible, this site references the content above to generate its value-add, the dynamic sentimental analysis below, which allows us to research global sentiments across a multitude of topics related to this site’s specific keyword domain name. Additionally, when possible, this site references the content above to provide on-demand (multilingual) translations and/or to power its “Read Article to Me” feature, which reads the content aloud to visitors. Where applicable, this site also auto-generates a “References” section, which appends the content above by listing all mentioned links. Views expressed in the content above are solely those of the author(s). We do not endorse, offer to sell, promote, recommend, or, otherwise, make any statement about the content above. We reference the content above for your “reading” entertainment purposes only. Review “DMCA & Terms”, at the bottom of this site, for terms of your access and use as well as for applicable DMCA take-down request.

Acquire this Domain
You can acquire this site’s domain name! We have nurtured its online marketing value by systematically curating this site by the domain’s relevant keywords. Explore our content network – you can advertise on each or rent vs. buy the domain. | Skype: TLDtraders | +1 (475) BUY-NAME (289 – 6263). Thousands search by this site’s exact keyword domain name! Most are sent here because search engines often love the keyword. This domain can be your 24/7 lead generator! If you own it, you could capture a large amount of online traffic for your niche. Stop wasting money on ads. Instead, buy this domain to gain a long-term marketing asset. If you can’t afford to buy then you can rent the domain.

About Us
We are Internet Investors, Developers, and Franchisers – operating a content network of several thousand sites while federating 100+ eCommerce and SaaS startups. With our proprietary “inverted incubation” model, we leverage a portfolio of $100M in valued domains to impact online trends, traffic, and transactions. We use robotic process automation, machine learning, and other proprietary approaches to power our content network. Contact us to learn how we can help you with your online marketing and/or site maintenance.