LIVE BLOG: Snowed Over Again
North Reading Patch brings you the latest updates during today's snowfall.
Another day, another snowstorm. With more snow falling in North Reading, we will update with local developments during the storm. Have a tip to contribute? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The most recent updates are posted at the top.
4:37 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts of up to 40 mph could create blowing and drifting snow this afternoon and this evening.
4:24 p.m. St. Theresa Parish has canceled afternoon programs.
2:14 p.m. The sun has come out, but the wind is picking up. Many of the main streets are now down to bare pavement. A Patch correspondent reported close to eight inches of snow in her neighborhood in town. The National Weather Service reports 8.7 inches fell in Wilmington. And be prepared for the cold. Lows will only be around 9 degrees tonight, with a wind chill of 1 below zero, the weather service said. Here are some tips from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to keep yourself safe during cold weather.
12:25 p.m. Snow is tapering off to flurries, and the sun has poked through the clouds. North Reading Public Works and Massachusetts Department of Transportation crews have main roads almost down to pavement, although some are still coated in snow and will be slick.
11:45 a.m. Massachusetts State Police report that snow is moderating, traffic has become lighter, and spinouts and cars off the road are occurring less frequently.
10:24 a.m. According to the Trinity Evangelical Church website, tonight's Friday Night Prayer & Praise has been canceled. Tonight's Lectio Divina exercises will be moved to the next scheduled Prayer & Praise session on Feb. 11.
10:22 a.m. North Reading Public Schools has announced that all after-school activities have been canceled for today.
10:12 a.m. According to Patch weather-spotter estimates, an average of five inches of snow have fallen around North Reading. The National Weather Service reports that five inches has fallen over the border in Wilmington.
9:48 a.m. Patch correspondent report from the field: Plows are moving through the neighborhoods off Haverhill Street.
9:40 a.m. WCVB-TV reports that the western edge of the snow is now in the Connecticut River Valley. Eastern Massachusetts is in for a few more hours of snowfall.
9:17 a.m. Patch correspondent report from the field: Roads in the neighborhoods off Haverhill Street are snow-covered, and plows haven't appeared to have passed by. The North Reading police scanner reports that the disabled vehicle on Main Street has been cleared.
8:57 a.m. North Reading police scanner reports a disabled vehicle sticking out into Main Street at the entrance to NAPA. Police are on scene with the driver.
8:22 a.m. According to the town administrator's office, Town Hall is open and will maintain its normal hours, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., today.
8:12 a.m. North Reading police and fire scanners remain quiet as the morning commute heads into its peak time. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has asked drivers to stay off the roads until after 10 a.m. if possible.
7:17 a.m. About an inch of snow has fallen so far this morning. The temperature is around 24 degrees.
6:58 a.m. WCVB-TV Channel 5 reports the average speed on Interstate 93 from Andover to downtown Boston is 35 mph.
6:32 a.m. A Massachusetts State Police update now reports a few spinouts on roads in northeastern Massachusetts. The North Reading police and fire scanners have been quiet so far this morning. As you gear up for the morning commute, check out these tips from North Reading police on driving during a snowstorm.
6:01 a.m. Massachusetts State Police report gradually intensifying snow in northeastern Massachusetts, but there have been no significant motor-vehicle accidents so far.
5:37 a.m. Snow has begun falling. North Reading Public Schools are closed today. The 4:17 a.m. National Weather Service forecast is calling for between four and seven inches of snow, with the potential for North Reading to receive the higher end of that. The heaviest snow will fall between 6-10 a.m., the weather service said.
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Reading Municipal Light Department: 781-944-1340