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Wednesday, Jan. 12
10:50 p.m. — Private plow contractors were sent home about 9:30 p.m. Public works crews are cleaning up corners of intersections, pushing back windrows of snow leftover from the plowing, said the public works director. Three crews are salting the town's 50 miles of roads. They will be set home at 2 a.m. and return at 7 a.m. to scrape down main roads and remove snow from sidewalks in front of schools.
8:48 p.m. — While there will be no school for students tomorrow, the schools' main offices will be open. Office staff are expected to arrive when it is safe for them to do so. No decision has been made on whether to cancel team practices for students.
8:41 p.m. — Scattered outages in town. A total of 80 Swampscott customers are without power, according to a National Grid spokeswoman. The restoration time is estimated by 11 p.m.
Statewide there are about 7,000 customers without power, down from a high today of about 70,000. Swampscott, at its highest number of outages today, did not top 100 customers.
8;40 p.m. — Public schools are closed on Thursday.
8:12 p.m. — Swampscott Fire Capt. Graham Archer asks residents to please not pile snow on fire hydrants. He also encourages them to be patient waiting for utilities to restore fallen wires. The heavy snow has brought down a lot of cable and telephone wires in town, though there are few power outages.
8:03 p.m. — The Swampscott Senior Center will be closed on Thursday.
7:25 p.m. — Big Blue boys hockey game that was cancelled tonight has been rescheduled for Monday, 6:30 p.m., at Salem State College. The Blue skate against Gloucester.
6:20 p.m. — No School Committee meetings tonight; neither the regular board nor the finance subcommittee will meet.
6:05 p.m. — The snow continues and the full complement of plowing crews remain out clearing roads. They will continue plowing until the snow stops, then plow the roads again before applying salt, Public Works Director Gino Cresta said.
6:00 p.m. — No announcement on school cancellation or delay, yet.
5:55 p.m. — About 24 vehicles violated the snow emergency. The vast majority were notified and they moved their cars from street. Only one tow, so far.
5:05 p.m. — Swampscott laden with snow: trees, houses and wires. Many wires sag from the weight of snow, Parsons Drive being a prime example right at the entrance from Paradise Road.
4:57 p.m. — Roads are passable but visibility still low. To the extent that people are out, they are out of their houses and in their yards clearing walkways and driveways, and brushing, even shoveling, snow from their snow-covered cars.
1:20 p.m. — Captain Pizza is still delivering and will be until 2 p.m. before starting again at 4 p.m. If you live in walking distance and must have a coffee, try one of the trio on the Paradise Road: Dunkin' Donuts, Panera Bread or Starbucks.
12:50 p.m. — Lightening skies may have been a temporary condition. Visibility on Humphrey Street is worse than it was at 9 a.m., the town administrator reports. He reports plowing crews' road-clearing progress is where it should and would be expected at this point in the storm, he said.
12:25 — The skies lightening but still snowing, occasionally mixing with rain. About 14 inches of snow. Wires still coming down. New reports of downed wires at Parsons Drive and at Maple and Burrill Street.
Noon — Town Hall closed.
11:55 a.m. — Thirty minute delays on the Newburyport/Rockport 168 11:06 AM line as of 11:53 a.m.
11:30 a.m. — The parking ban is expected to continue at least through Thursday morning.
10:30 a.m. — The senior center is closed.
10:15 a.m. — Heavy wet snow continuing to lead to downed wires. About a foot to 14 inches of snow has fallen around Town Hall.
10 a.m. — Town Hall still open but the town administrator expects it will close some time between noon and 3 p.m.
9:45 a.m. — Low wires reported on Middlesex Avenue.
8:45 a.m. — State Police throughout the state are reporting heavy snow and extremely low visibility. Many, many spinouts, stuck or disabled vehicles, and vehicles off the road.
8:42 a.m. — Lines reportedly down on Cherry Street.
8:28 a.m. — Power lines down on Atlantic, road closed to traffic.
8:15 a.m. — Disabled motorist reported on Paradise Road.
7:45 a.m. — Road reportedly blocked on Pine Street where a tractor-trailer is off the road.
7:30 a.m. — A Belleview Road resident resident reports power outage.
7:15 a.m. — More reports of downed tree limbs and wires.
7 a.m. — Tree down on Columbia Street; utility wires snapped.
6:24 a.m. — Utility lines reported down on Humphrey Street.
6:20 a.m. _ Commuter update — State police barracks report extremely low visibility on interstates, numerous spin outs and crashes As of 5 a.m. 7 weather-related crashes in Northeast Massachusetts. Poor road conditions despite constant treatment by plows and sanders.
6:17 a.m. — DPW crews started plowing about 4 a.m.. Crews report one vehicle illegally parked on Humphrey Street. Vehicle is ticketed.
5:56 a.m. — Report of wire down on Ingalls Terrace
5:58 a.m.: All bus routes experiencing 20-25 minute delays.
6 a.m. — Vehicle on Humphrey Street ticketed for not observing snow emergency and parking on street.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
11:44 p.m. — The governor advises people with flights departing Wednesday to call ahead to find out if their flight was cancelled. Logan Airport remains open but several airlines have cancelled slights.
10 p.m. — Snow emergency went into effect in town. The town administrator said earlier this month that the town would be more aggressive enforcing its on-street parking ban.
8:45 p.m. — Gov. Deval Patrick announced that state offices will be closed and all non-emergency state workers are to stay home on Wednesday. He urges people to stay off the roads during the heavy snowfall — expected in the morning — both for personal safety and to give road crews a chance to plow the roads with less traffic. Some 4,000 Massachusetts DOT pieces of equipment will be part of the road-clearing operations tonight and tomorrow.
7:39 p.m. — No School on Wednesday. All athletic team practices are cancelled. The evening hockey game is postponed. These announcements from Layne Millington, high school principal.
7 p.m. — Curbside trash pick-up and tree collection will be pushed back one day due to the storm. Wednesday's pick-up is Thursday; Thursday's is on Friday; and Friday's is on Saturday, says Jeff Vaughan, Health Office director.
6 p.m. — Town declares snow emergency starting at 10 p.m., and continuing until further notice. Vehicles must be removed from streets or they risk being towed., says Gino Cresta, director of public works.