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PEABODY STORM CENTER: City Lifts Parking Ban

Check back here throughout the storm for updates on what's happening in Peabody.

This snowy scene at Brooksby Village was shared via Twitter Thursday morning by Dani Baldassare.
This snowy scene at Brooksby Village was shared via Twitter Thursday morning by Dani Baldassare.
Friday Updates:

4 p.m.:
The city has lifted the emergency parking ban, meaning residents can park on the street again. The Peabody Police Department sent out an alert shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday.

12:20 p.m.:
Unofficial snowfall tallies range anywhere from 12-24 inches of snow in West Peabody this morning.

12:15 p.m.
Peabody city councilor Anne Manning-Martin helps illustrate this important reminder to help the Fire Department and shovel out any fire hydrants near your home.

9:50 a.m.:
The Ski Haus will also be open at Brooksby Farm today (noon - 4:30 p.m.) for snowshoeing, cross country skiing or just frolicking in the snow. There are rentals for all ages and sizes. Check www.peabodyrecreation.com and the "Outdoor Adventures" tab for more details.

9:48 a.m.:
If you can make it out of your driveway by noon, the McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink plans to re-open at that time. The Torigian Family YMCA says it will be opening at 11 a.m., but there won't be any group exercise classes, aqua aerobics or babysitting today.

9:30 a.m.:
There's a wind chill advisory in effect until 9 a.m. on Saturday. The National Weather Service says the advisory is issued when the wind chill factor is between -15 and -24 degrees for at least three hours. Expect it to feel like -15 degrees through the rest of Friday.

9:15 a.m.:
Numerous residents are reporting via Facebook that their trash was never picked up yesterday and they're wondering about today. No official word from the city or JRM on this, but collections in other nearby communities JRM services were scheduled to be delayed Friday until around 10 a.m.

9:15 a.m.: 
According to the National Weather Service, there should be a mixture of blowing snow and snow showers through the rest of the morning with the storm clearing up after 2 p.m. It's also still really cold out there -- 4 degrees, but -15 with the wind chill. Brrr.

8:45 a.m.: 
According to measurements from weather spotters reported last night between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m., there was somewhere between 11 and 14.5 inches of snow in Peabody.

Thursday Updates:

8:20 p.m. Reported snow accumulation in Peabody was around 8 inches earlier this evening, according to weather spotters for the National Weather Service. The weather service's latest snowfall map actually puts much of Essex County in a range of 18-24 inches of snow.

8 p.m.:
City Hall and other city offices will be closed Friday due to the storm. City Hall will re-open on Monday at 8:30 a.m.

6:30 p.m.: 
Gov. Deval Patrick has urged all private employers in the state to keep their employees home tomorrow and says that anyone that does need to come into Boston Friday should use public transportation and stay off the roads. State government offices will be closed tomorrow.

6 p.m.: In light of the blizzard warning now in effect and chilling temperatures predicted tonight, Peabody police are urging people to stay indoors. "Take all necessary precautions. Stay indoors if at all possible. Dress accordingly if going outdoors. Visibility will be greatly reduced limiting what you can see and whom can see you," police said via a Nixle alert.

4:30 p.m.
Expect blizzard conditions late tonight. The National Weather Service in Taunton has upgraded the winter storm warning to a blizzard warning for coastal parts of the state, including the North Shore.

3:30 p.m.
Courthouses statewide, including Peabody District Court, were closed today at 3 p.m. and will delay opening on Friday until noon. The state says a further assessment for afternoon operations will be made Friday morning. No first-day jurors are scheduled to report on Friday.

2:55 p.m.:
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink closed early today at noon due to the storm and says it will be re-opening Friday at noon.

2:02 p.m.: 
"Roads are horrible in West Peabody. Just tried to get to the post office and I had to turn around on Herrick and come back home. That was with 4-wheel drive too! Stay home!" That was the report from resident Michelle Macera via our Facebook page.

1:40 p.m.:
The Northshore Mall is still open, as of last report. The mall opened per usual at 10 a.m. and said management would be monitoring weather conditions throughout the day.
  
1:36 p.m.:
State employees will be heading home at 3 p.m. today, and the highways will remain open, according to Gov. Patrick.

1:23 p.m.: David Bagley, a meteorology student at UMass Lowell, tweeted around 1 p.m. that he had measured 7 inches of snow in West Peabody.

1:07 p.m.: 
City Hall and all other city offices will be closing today at 3 p.m. as all state employees are also sent home at that time.

12:05 p.m.:
Weather spotters report measuring 3.5 inches of snow in Peabody within the past hour.

11:47 a.m.:
Capone's Restaurant says it will be closed Thursday due to the storm. If you have any storm closures or cancellations for your business, or if you know of any, chime in below in the comments section.

10:38 a.m.:
Facebook followers chimed in on the current conditions in their neighborhoods, saying the roads were in "bad" shape downtown and that it was the right call to close school today.

"Just went to Stop and Shop roads are bad where are the plows?" wondered Elizabeth Eds. She also shared this photo of Pierpont Street.

A few other readers wondered the same thing about the plows while Kristin Cafarelli chimed in on the school closure.

"I have to say that while everyone was griping last night about the schools closing ahead of the storm, the roads were very unsafe this morning and they made the right call to close," she wrote.

10:24 a.m.: 
"It's coming down fast at Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA!" tweeted Brooksby public relations manager Dani Baldassare, sharing this photo of the scene outside.

9:27 a.m.: 
Massachusetts State Police are asking drivers to stay home if possible due to slick road conditions.

"Roads are just going to get more snow covered," State Police tweeted. "If you don't have to go out, stay in today. Let the plows do their job."

Original Story, Thursday at 12 a.m.: Get your shovels ready, Peabody. You're going to need them, and stay warm.

The first storm of 2014 is underway as the initial flakes began falling after midnight on Thursday. During the day on Thursday there will be some accumulation, though much of the snow will come Thursday night into Friday before the storm ends by Friday afternoon.

Below is what you need to know about this week's significant winter storm. We will be updating this storm center article throughout the storm, so be sure to check back throughout.

Current Forecasts

How much snow is Peabody expected to get Thursday and Friday? Here are the projections as of Thursday at 5 a.m.


Schools Closed


In case you missed it, Peabody Public Schools are closed for Thursday and Friday. Students won't return from winter break until Monday.

"I heard that Peabody is hiring sled dogs and Inuit trail guides to get everyone to school tomorrow," tweeted Peabody teacher Jarred Haas with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor shortly before the official announcement.

Emergency Parking Ban is in Effect

The city declared an emergency parking ban Wednesday evening in light of the nor'easter bearing down on Peabody.

The ban means that no on-street parking is allowed until further notice and any violators may be ticketed and/or towed.

Snow parking ban will be placed in effect at 9:00 p.m. this evening. No parking allowed on any city of Peabody streets," tweeted the Peabody Police Department.

Peabody Emergency Contacts
  • In case of an emergency, dial 911
  • Peabody Police Department - 978-531-1212
  • Peabody Fire Department - 978-531-3444
  • Peabody Municipal Light Plant power outages: 978-531-5975
  • National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
  • Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
  • Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966) 
Be sure to follow Peabody Patch on Twitter and Facebook throughout the storm as we'll have ongoing updates there as well.

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Jerry Fitzgerald January 02, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Just came in from a trip to Shaw's at the Northshore Mall. Main roads are good. light traffic, not bad. plenty of supplies at Shaw's (Milk, Bread, eggs, ect) Drive safe.

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