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Blizzard 2013: Travel Ban Over at 4 PM

Bookmark this page for local updates as we make our way through the storm.

Editor's note: Westwood-centric updates on the blizzard (cancellations, emergency notices) will be posted here.

*Update, 1 p.m., Feb. 9: The travel ban for non-emergency residents will be lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday.

*Update, Saturday morning: snowfall totals for the region so far range from 14 to 18 inches (snow drifts make it appear like more in some areas). In Westwood, power outages haven't been a major issue so far, with only two of NStar's 5,618 customers out as of 8:30 a.m.

*Update: Westwood Emergency Management Director Michael Jaillet declared a snow and ice emergency for the town until 6 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, "to facilitate snow and ice removal."

"Parking on town ways is hereby prohibited during the period of the emergency and vehicles parked on town roadways in violation of the ban may be subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner's expense. Further, given the prediction of blizzard conditions Friday evening through Saturday morning which are predicted to have snow falls of 2 1/2 feet with wind gust in excess of 30 MPH causing drifting snow up to 5 feet, residents are strongly advised to stay off the roadways in order to avoid the possibility of being stranded and possibly being buried under snow drifts." 

*Update, 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8: Gov. Deval Patrick signed an executive order banning all drivers after 4 p.m. He said as many people need to be off the road as possible. This is first time he has signed such an order: the last time an order like this has been issued was after the Blizzard of '78. Violators could be fined up to $500 and be sentenced to a year in jail. However, the main purpose is to get non-essential people off the roads: not to levy fines, the governor said. 

Update Thursday afternoon from Brendan Ryan, highway and grounds superintendent for Westwood: "As far as our preparation, we are ready to go.  We have been communicating with all other departments and preparing for all scenarios including snow removal and tree/power outages. We will have our staff and entire fleet of operational equipment and trucks ready for the challenge ahead. We will also be using a private contractor helping our snow removal, with an additional 28 pieces of equipment, including front end loaders and ten wheel dump trucks."

Update, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7: Westwood Schools are canceled Friday.

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IMPORTANT NUMBERS & WEBSITES: 

  • In an emergency, dial 911
  • Police Department: 781-320-1000
  • Fire Department: 781-326-3885
  • DPW: 781-326-8661
  • NSTAR outages: 1-800-592-2000 
  • NStar Outage Map
Danielle Horn February 08, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Please note the update that Westwood schools are canceled Friday: earlier in the day, the district had said they would have an early release.
Danielle Horn February 09, 2013 at 01:50 PM
A reminder from one of our readers: make sure your furnace exhaust vents aren't snow-covered! A blockage could be dangerous.
H.Aaron February 09, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Resident Ridgewood Rd., have not seen a plow since last night at 5:00 p.m. Are we going to get plowed here?
Danielle Horn February 09, 2013 at 06:52 PM
H.Aaron I know that in general, plow crews are asking for residents' patience and are prioritizing the main roads: as the general driving ban gets lifted at 4 p.m., I would expect to see some progress by then.

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