Since Friday morning, the region has been experiencing its most serious winter weather event in at least several years. The town of Wakefield announced a snow emergency on Thursday afternoon that will remain in place until 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Vehicles parked on town roadways during this time will be ticketed and towed, as will any vehicle that impedes snow removal. Call 911 if an emergency comes up during the storm.
3:16 p.m. Saturday - a Report from the National Weather Service says 27.5 inches of snow recorded in Wakefield.
1:20 p.m. Saturday - The state's driving ban is lifted as of 4 p.m. on Saturday.
11:01 a.m. Saturday: Wakefield Fire Chief Michael Sullivan has provided the following fire safety tips in light of the storm – with a note of particular interest for those who have a fireplace. In an email to Wakefield Patch at 10:49 a.m., Chief Sullivan also reported that zero homes in Wakefield currently lack power.
Keep chimney flue dampers open overnight if you use a fireplace. Closing them too early can cause a carbon monoxide condition in your home.
Make sure all outdoor heating system vents are cleared of snow. Brush the snow off of your house numbers so they can be clearly seen. Operate any portable generators or BBQ grills outside and not in the garage.
Stay safe and stay off the roads.
8:02 a.m. Saturday: Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light still reporting no significant power outages in town. Its crews will begin clearing snow today and are reportedly ready to respond if outages do occur.
9:54 p.m. Friday - Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light reports via its Facebook page that it currently has no outages.
9:14 p.m. Friday - Scratch that last note. 15 minutes later, National Grid now shows more than 51,000 customers throughout the region without power. Looks like the weekend could get longer and longer for a lot of people out there.
9 p.m. Friday - A National Grid map at this link shows that hours before the peak of the storm is expected to hit, more than 34,000 of that utility's customer's throughout the region have already lost power.
Power outages also appear fairly widespread as of Friday night in Nstar's service area - especially on Cape Cod, and to a lesser extent, the South Shore.
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3:10 p.m. - National Grid reports that more than 1,600 outside line and tree crews are ready to respond to blackouts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with 500 wires down personnel ready to go. Materials have also reportedly been pre-staged in both states and the utility says it has liaisons in place with all of the towns it serves.
People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-322-3223.
12:55 p.m. Friday: Governor Patrick has issued an executive order banning all vehicle traffic from the roads by 4 p.m.
9 a.m. Friday - Wakefield Little League confirms that the sign up day scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until Feb 16th at the Knights of Columbus from 9 a.m. to noon.
9 p.m. Thursday - Ed Harding of HD Physical Therapy reports that the 3rd annual Rotary Polar Plunge in Gloucester has been postponed until Saturday, Feb. 23. Harding and other Wakefield Rotary members are participating in the event to help fight polio worldwide. You can check out his fundraising page here. Rotary members will reportedly be accepting donations until the 23rd.
5:30 p.m. - The MBTA announces it is suspending service on all lines at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
4:30 p.m. - The Wakefield School District has announced that there will be no classes on Friday.
The Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department informs us it will be providing updates throughout the storm on its Facebook page.
Also refer to the list of numbers below to stay safe and informed during the storm.
Area Patch.com editors will be providing news alerts and updates throughout the storm. If you have an update about the storm to share with the community, including neighborhood outages or other safety hazards, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS & WEBSITES
In an emergency, dial 911 and remember that personnel are likely responding to a large number of calls.
Wakefield Police Department (Non-Emergencies): 781-245-1212
Wakefield Fire Department: 781-246-6435
Wakefield DPW: 781-246-6301
Wakefield Municipal Gas Department: 781-246-6363
National Grid Power Outages: 1-800-465-1212 (those using electric-powered life support systems should call 1-800-322-3223).
National Grid Gas Emergencies: 1-800-233-5325
MBTA: Wakefield Station
Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1800-837-4966)
Wakefield Taxi, 781-231-0010
Gaetas Towing, 978-535-4762 (Peabody)
TTS Road Services 617-884-8555 (Saugus)