Major Storm Closes School, Causes Power Outages- Updated Tue., Mar. 14, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 7:33 PM Update:

The Medford Public Schools has joined other school districts in closing school on Wednesday.

About 3 hours after major power outages hit Medford, National Grid reported that most of the thousands who lost power have been restored.

Medford City Hall will re-open on Wednesday.

Trash will be picked up on Wednesday and will be pushed back by one day this week.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 1:54 PM Update:

Widespread power outages are affecting 22,999 of National Grid’s 24,819 customers in Medford, according to the company’s online outage map.

National Grid posted the following statement to its website:

“Over 600 crews across New England are ready to respond to service interruptions caused by the nor’easter. As outages are reported during the storm, emergency response personnel will begin mapping out the restoration response so that the wires down, damage assessment and work crews can be deployed as soon as it’s safe to do so. Power outages can be reported by visiting the Outage Central section of our website or by calling 1-800-465-1212.”

Monday, March 13, 2017 3:59 PM Update:

There is no school in Medford on Tuesday. Medford City Hall and LoConte Rink are also closed.

A snow emergency is in effect as of 8 am Tuesday morning until further notice. That means cars can park on the even side only on side streets and there is no parking allowed on main roads.

There will be no trash pick-up on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. Trash pick-up will be pushed back by at least one day.

More details are available on the city website.

Foot of Snow or More Forecast for Boston Area

– Allison Goldsberry

Medford and the area could see twelve to eighteen inches of snow on Tuesday, according to the latest forecast from the Nation Weather Service.

The National Weather Service has issued both a Winter Storm Warning and Blizzard Watch. Snow is expected to start falling early Tuesday morning and the heaviest snowfall should occur during the afternoon.

High winds are also expected throughout the storm.

A Blizzard Watch is issued if there is a potential for “considerable falling and/or blowing snow” along with sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph that reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile for at least three hours. The National Weather Service warns that whiteout conditions are possible, which will make travel dangerous.

2015 photo by Doug Shoop

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