Saturday, February 9, 2013
Will you need help shoveling after the storm? Or, are you offering shoveling services? Let's try and help out our Reading neighbors with the post-blizzard cleanup.
Will you need help with shoveling after the storm in Reading? Are you a student looking to make some money shoveling Saturday or Sunday? Let's get a list started of people offering shoveling/plow services in Reading. If you know someone who needs shoveling or wants to offer shoveling, have them post their information in the comment section below!
The Saturday suspension of mail delivery debate applies to today: but not because of USPS budget problems!
You may be wondering if there'll be any new mail in your mailbox today (that is, if you can even make it to your mailbox, with all this snow.) The answer is that mail service in all of New England — not just Massachusetts — has been suspended, according to the Huffington Post. The ban extends throughout all six New England states. The unusual decision was made due to safety concerns, according to Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas. The decision came after over two feet of snow falling throughout much of New England made many roads impassable, she said. Dugas reminded people to clear around their mailboxes or paths to their homes by Monday, when mail delivery will resume.
Check in for the latest updates, closings and more.
We want to see your photos of the snow.
Check here for updates from Patch, public safety personnel and residents as Massachusetts rides out the Blizzard of 2013.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The latest forecast.
According to the National Weather Service, a nighttime accumulation of 15 to 21 inches is possible in Reading and wind chill values will be as low as -2. Expect more heavy snow before 3 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said, and there is a chance of snow showers before 9 p.m. An additional five to 9 inches should accumulate. There will be wind chills as low as -5 Saturday. Check in with our storm center for the latest closings, updates and more.
Let's measure the blizzard through lawn ornaments!
We at Patch like to have fun – even when we’re covering a story as big as the Blizzard of ’13! So when the biggest storm in years (potentially in the history of Boston weather) is headed our way, we get into battle mode – and even get a little silly. That’s what this idea is about – and we want you to take part too! A fun way we want to track the storm across Massachusetts is through lawn ornaments. They serve a purpose in the spring and summer, but often feel left out in the cold of winter. Not anymore. We are posting photos of lawn ornaments throughout Massachusetts to highlight snowfall across the commonwealth during and after the storm. All you need to do is hit the Upload Photos and Videos button and upload your own. If we’re stuck at…
It's easy to upload your photos. Just click the "Add" link below the photo gallery and follow the directions.
You know you took photos of the snow in Reading today—so share them and let's create a gallery of how the town looks in this winter wonderland. Use the photos you already took this morning, or take your camera or cellphone, stick it out a window or doorway and take a photo or a video. Then upload it to this article. You can sign in with your Reading Patch account or your Facebook account. It's easy, just click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button and follow the directions. Be sure to include a caption for your photo that lets others know where the photo was taken. The more specific you are the better, but simply mentioning the roadway in Reading is fine too. Let's have some fun with this and see what we can create together. Stay warm. …
A blizzard warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
OK, so that two feet of snow we were preparing to get last night? An additional foot could be possible. 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 Middlesex, Worcester 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 at a rate …
Not all meteorologists accept the name game, or acknowledge this storm as Nemo.
Welcome to You Ask... Patch Answers where we answer readers questions. We recently received questions about the names of snow storms. Patch readers want to find out more about why snow storms have names now. Here is your answer. 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…