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SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Well it was certainly not a fish story, nor was it overhyped, for a change. They promised us a couple of feet of snow, and that’s just what they delivered. It was a crazy scene last night, to be sure. I was out three times snow blowing, not out of bravado, but just so when the dog woke me up in the middle of the night to pee (hey she’s getting old) she had a place to go, and can tell you that it was definitely pretty wild. If you slept through it, you’re lucky, because the wind was crazy. The funny thing is that it’s still coming down, but should be winding down in the next few hours, and thankfully, Shrewsbury seems to be none the worse for wear.
I have heard not a single report of a power failure last night, so short of a little flickering here and there, I’d say that we dodged a bullet. Much of this is likely due to the fact that most of the precipitous tree branches that could have fallen on power lines had been either trimmed by SELCO over the last few years, or came down in the last three big storms. According to some reports, we had 28-30 inches here in Shrewsbury, which is possible, although my house seems to be more in the 20″ range. Then again, it’s still coming down, so perhaps I speak too soon.
The emergency driving ban is still in effect, although some stores like Home Depot are actually open, albeit out of snow shovels. No doubt many other stores will open after noon today, but just to be safe, it’s a great day to hunker down in place, and let the road folks do their job. To some, it couldn’t have happened on a better day. The kids had a nice three day weekend, and the highway department still has the whole weekend to get things cleared up for Monday’s opening. If you hear of other cancellations or rescheduling, please let me know, and I will post them.
While you’re at home today, I’d like to just remind you of a few important things. First and foremost, please, please clear any snow away from your furnace and hot water heater exhaust lines. We made it through fine, so lets not have any tragedies that would have been completely avoidable. Also, by noon today when the snow ends, it will be time to get out that roof rake and clear the snow from your roof as best as possible, to avoid ice dams. According to weather reports, the upcoming week will feature a little warmup, followed by rain, and the weight of two feet of soaking wet snow is more than some roofs will be able to bear. If you don’t have a roof rake, please post up on the Shrewsbury Facebook Page and we will find someone to lend you one to use.
Also, please reach out and check on any elderly neighbors that need help clearing snow, and even when you’re doing your own, take it slow. Each year, folks overexert themselves and get injured clearing snow. There’s no rush. Clear a little, have some hot cocoa, and then clear some more.
If anyone has any special needs over the next 24 hours, and cant’ get out of the house, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we have volunteers willing to help.
If you have any great photos, please email those as well, one photo at a time, for our Shrewsbury blizzard photo gallery, and we will post that tomorrow.