You’ve no doubt seen the snow piling up outside and expect a lot more of it to come in the next 24 hours. Everyone is following the weather, and maybe especially Dave Hayes in Deerfield, Massachusetts, known on Facebook as The Weather Nut.
Snow flurries showed up in the forecast this week.
The region was caught by surprise by the late october snowstorm, but now with snow expected at its more usual time of year, police are warning drivers to take it slow on the roads and health professionals are saying the same about… shoveling your walk.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has given special instructions to residents wondering what part of their home's electric infrastructure is their responsibility, and what's their utility company's.
Western Massachusetts Electric Company hopes to have all power restored in Springfield by Saturday evening. Mayor Sarno says WMECO will only restore power to homes and buildings, and that it is not responsible for other repairs.
Most of Springfield, Massachusetts remains without power, and residents are still filling the city's warming shelter, especially in the evening. Work crews and health officials are taking to the streets to inspect everything from restaurants to tree limbs.
The weather may be sunny but many buildings and homes are still cold in Springfield, where about half of all residents and businesses are still without power. Western Massachusetts Electric Company says it doesn't expect to have power restored until Saturday at noon.
The city of Springfield is still scrambling to get back to normalcy after the weekend snowstorm, with tree crews and health workers out in full force. Recovery cost estimates from City Hall have reached $3 million.
Municipal officials and utility companies in the region working to recover from the snowstorm are warning about the danger of power surges when electricity is restored to homes and businesses.
Power surges can lead to fires in household appliances. Fire officials say all appliances should be unplugged and main circuit breakers should be turned off. So even if your power is out, turn your appliances off, says David Graves, spokesman for National Grid, which serves communities in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.
The city of Springfield remains largely without power as it digs out of the weekend storm.
A shelter at Central High School which reached capacity at 300 people this afternoon is one of 33 shelters that opened around the state. 17-year-old Dennis Paradise says he's glad to be out of the cold apartment in the Forest Park neighborhood, where he's been staying with his aunt.
Power may be out for up to a week after a record-shattering October storm dumped heavy, wet snow across the state, particularly in western and central Massachusetts, officials and utilities warned Sunday.
Heavy, wet snow on trees with full canopies makes for a disaster, according to Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) spokeswoman Sandra Ahearn. WMECo is calling this the worst storm it's ever seen.