Saturday, February 16, 2013
Westford could see around a half a foot of more snow Saturday night into Sunday.
There are still huge snowbanks everywhere from the Blizzard of '13, even after moderate temperatures this week, but Old Man Winter isn't done with Westford yet. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect until Sunday at 1 p.m. for a storm that will pass through the area starting Saturday night. The forecast calls for 1-3 inches of snow on Saturday night and another 2-4 inches on Sunday, mainly before 4 p.m. Visibility won't be great either, as winds could gust as high as 43 mph on Sunday, blowing the snow around and producing wind chill values as low as -2 on Sunday night. The gusty winds will continue on Presidents Day, which will be sunny with a high near 32 but wind chill values as low as -4.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Share a picture with us! We're heading around town today to take our own measurements and we'd love to add your measurements to ours!
Hey guys, remember the 2012 Bear Map? Today we're going to be working on a new version of that concept, just replace bears with snow. How much snow did you get at your place? Take a picture of some sort of measurement device in the snow, say where it is, sign in with a free Patch account and click on the "Upload Photos" button. You can also share photos on our Facebook page, or just comment below. We'll take the measurements from you as well as our own measurements taken on Sunday for a map in Monday morning's newsletter. If you don't already get our newsletter, it's free! Note: Please do not e-mail pictures.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
With another historic blizzard hitting Massachusetts, let's take a look back at the Blizzard of '78.
The Blizzard of ’78 has to be the most photographed and videoed winter storm in New England history. Images of stranded cars, battered coastlines and children playing in giant snowdrifts are all vivid memories of that historic storm. As New Englanders, we commemorated the 35th anniversary of the storm earlier this week – and now Mother Nature is celebrating herself with what could be one of the biggest snowstorms in history. As we hunker down for this storm in Westford, let’s take a look back at the Blizzard of ’78. Here are some fun videos from TV and radio broadcasts before, during and after the storm, as well as home movies on YouTube… Let’s start off with the TV news weather reports Here’s a radio broadcast from WBZ An old WEEI …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Despite all the snow, it looks like the electricity's holding steady, and we want to check around town to see who still has their lights on.
Back during the Halloween storm, around 4,000 to 5,000 Westford residents lost power, and after this big storm, we're asking again. However, this time it looks like nobody's lost any power. Is that accurate? Did your lights flicker a little? Is National Grid's map wrong? Let everybody know in the comments below! We'll head out once the storm dies down and doublecheck around town. The Weather Channel is predicting another 4 to 6 inches on Saturday, while Accuweather is predicting 1 to 3 inches and the National Weather Service is predicting 4 to 8.
Will you need help shoveling after the storm? Or, are you offering shoveling services? Let's try and help out our Westford neighbors during the blizzard.
Will you need shoveling out after the storm? Are you a student looking to make some money shoveling today or tomorrow? Let's get a list started of people offering shoveling/plow services. If you know someone who needs shoveling or wants to offer shoveling, have them post in the comment section below!
Thanks to this blizzard, Westford could expect up to three feet of snow this weekend! See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
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 Westford Patch's coverage area.
Not all meteorologists accept the name game, or acknowledge this storm as Nemo.
You've probably heard occasional—but perhaps not frequent—references to this winter storm as "Nemo." While it makes for some good jokes about that cute little orange fish, Nemo is not the brainchild of the Disney Corporation, but rather, a pre-determined name The Weather Channel gave to this latest storm. If you missed it: The Weather Channel in November announced it would name "noteworthy winter storms" in the 2012-2013 winter season. Sure, snowstorms have been informally named after the fact (remember Snowtober?) This is the first season, however, that The Weather Channel is naming them as it does hurricanes and tropical storms. The rationale? According to the Weather Channel, names raise awareness, make it easier to follow a weather …
Stay up to date with the latest on this weekend's winter storm.
UPDATES 5:15 p.m. - Westford Package is now reopen, and will be open on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. 4:50 p.m. - Nab's One Stop will reopen Sunday at 7 a.m., Burton's Grill will reopen on Sunday at 11 a.m. 3:24 p.m. - Westford Toy Shop will reopen on Sunday at 11 a.m. 2:17 p.m. - The British Beer Company will be reopening on Sunday at 11 a.m. If you have an update from your business, share it below in the comments! We'll be looking for more and sharing what we find. 1:02 p.m. - We're hearing the power outage in Nabnasset was between Edwards Avenue and Grove Street, and the power there has been out since approximately 1 a.m. according to estimates. The statewide travel ban will conclude at 4 p.m., in Western Mass. and the islands it has …
Take a photo of the snow falling out your window right now - office, home, classroom, whatever - and upload it to Westford Patch!
As the forecasted snow storm moves into the Westford area today, we're asking readers to submit their best photos of the snow outside their windows! Snap a photo out the window or door of your home, office, classroom, whatever and upload it by clicking the big button above this text. Cell phone cameras work just fine, too. And if you're an Instagram user, upload your best photos with the app as well! Be sure to get your up-to-the-minute storm coverage with the Westford Patch Storm Center. NOTE: Only photos uploaded to the site will be featured; please do not email photos.
A blizzard warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
OK, so that two feet of snow we here in Westford were preparing to get last night? Better add another foot to that. The National Weather Service on 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…