*SNOW BLOG* Live Updates on the Blizzard in Wellesley

Type:  announcements 

*SNOWSTORM 2013*

 

The Wellesley Police Department will be providing updated information on this

web page throughout the snow storm of 2013.  There will also be a live web cam through 

some of the storm from a Wellesley Police cruiser.

 

Scroll down for the blog.

 

 

WELLESLEY POLICE LIVE STREAM CAMERA

 

This camera will play automatically when there is a live feed.

Live video for mobile from Ustream

 

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

 

1:30 PM:  Gov. Patrick's driving/travel ban will be LIFTED  at 4PM today.  Normal travel may resume at 4PM.

The Wellesley Department of Public Works (DPW) reports they are still doing major snow clearing work throughout town.  While you are shoveling and snow blowing today, PLEASE look out for plows.  High snow banks and limited visibility make it very difficult for plow operators to see.  Please use EXTREME caution while walking in the roadway, or clearing the end of your driveway. 

 

 

8:30 AM:  Snow continues to fall, but there have been no significant issues or power outages.

Many side roads have a foot or more of snow on them with drifting.  The State of Emergency continues and the ban on driving continues.  Many roads are in such poor shape that cars not equipped with four wheel drive would not make it anyway.

 

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

 

 

4:30 PM  A message from Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie: 

 

The Wellesley Fire Department  has not opened the Wellesley Middle School shelter and will review that decision after all area hotel accommodations are full.

We have been in contact with area hotels, they are filling up fast, but limited capacity still available. After the 4 p.m. State Emergency Travel Ban, the Fire Department will provide limited transportation to a local hotel, after Fire Officials review the residents needs.

Wellesley Emergency Communications Center 911 Dispatchers will refer residents to call the Fire Rescue Department at 781-235-1616 for issues related to sheltering.

Wellesley’s shelter supplies are staged and will be provided if the conditions and resident needs require, however the Middle School Shelter is not operational at this time.

The Fire Chief Rick DeLorie wants people to stay indoors and stay safe during this blizzard.

 

 

3:45 PM Wellesley Police have responded to two accidents, one of of which took down a light pole on Route 9 west at Oakland Street.  The driving ban is about to start.  We will post an update when the driving ban has been lifted.  Until then, please continue to check our website and community notification alerts for updates. 

 

Gov. Patrick has declared a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  As of 4PM, most vehicles are banned from travel and roadways until further notice.  There are some exceptions to this, including plows, emergency service employees, and others.
 
Driving ban in place starting at 4 PM.  All motorists MUST be off the road except for public safety and public works workers, government officials conducting official business, utility workers, health care workers who must travel to provide essential, news media.  Travel also is allowed if necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies and delivery, financial systems and the delivery of critical commodities, or to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores.  Motorists must use their best judgment in determining if travel is permitted under an exception to the ban.  The Wellesley Police Department is being asked to interpret the exceptions broadly; the objective is to limit traffic as much as possible while allowing critical public and private sector services and functions to use the roads as necessary.
 
 :"A ban on motor vehicle travel has been issued beginning at 4:00 PM today (Friday 2/8) until further notice. There are exceptions for public safety vehicles and public safety workers, including contract personnel; public works vehicles and public works workers, including contract personnel; government officials conducting official business; utility company vehicles and utility workers; health care workers who must travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services; news media; travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies and delivery, financial systems and the delivery of critical commodities; travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores."
 

10 AM:  The snow has started and the live cam is up on a fixed shot of Washington Street at Wellesley Police HQ.

 4 AM: Public school has been canceled in Wellesley. 

 

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7, 4:45 PM

 

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Wellesley from 6AM Friday, Feb. 8 until 1 PM Saturday, Feb. 9. Here's the link for more info from the NWS.

 

BLIZZARD WARNING