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Concord Storm Central: School in Session and Town Offices Open Wednesday, But Trash and Recylcing Suspended

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Winter storm warning in effect. Courtesy NWS
Winter storm warning in effect. Courtesy NWS
Updated 7:11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22 
Concord missed the worst of the storm, so the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional High School WILL be open on Wednesday, Jan. 22. 

"Missed the big storm and thanks to maintenance and transportation team, schools will open on time," Superintendent of Schools Diana Rigby announced via twitter early Wednesday morning

Town offices will open as usual, as well

Updated: 5:45 p.m. 

According to a notice from the town, the Light Board meeting scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jan. 22, has been tentatively re-scheduled to Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
Updated: 4:35 p.m. 

And now you can add trash and recycling pickup to the list of things affected by the impending storm. 

Due to the expected inclement weather, trash and recycling collection regularly scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22 will be pushed back to this Saturday, Jan. 25, according to a notice from the town. 

Updated: 12:53 p.m. 

Add after-school activities to the list of things impacted by the impending storm. Superintendent of Schools Diana Rigby tweeted a few minutes ago: "All afternoon and evening activities are canceled today due to the impending snow storm."

Updated 12:24 p.m. 

The information session on proposed changes to Concord's Dog Bylaw, which had been scheduled for tonight, Jan. 21, has been rescheduled in advance of the snow storm expected to hit later today. The meeting will now be held next Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Hunt Recreation Center. 

Original Post -- 11:21 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21 

A winter storm warning is in effect as Concord and much of the region braces for yet another blast of winter's worst -- biting cold, whipping winds and several inches drifting snow are all expected in the storm likely to span Tuesday into Wednesday. 

"Blizzard conditions expected across far southeastern Massachusetts this afternoon through Wednesday evening," reports the National Weather Service. "Heavy snow is likely across much of southern New England." 

The winter storm warning will be in effect through 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, along with a wind chill advisory that'll hit at 10 p.m. tonight and remain in place through 10 a.m. tomorrow morning, the Weather Service says. 

WHDH Meteorologist Jeremy Reiner is expecting about 8 inches of light and fluffy snow to be accompanied by whipping winds of up to 50 miles per hour and wind chills as bitingly cold as -20.

A few of Reiner's predictions for the storm: 
  • Patchy light snow/flurries arriving 1-4pm with steadiest snow from 7pm tonight until 10am Wednesday. Poor travel is expected from 7pm until noon on Wednesday due to falling/drifting snow.
  • Heaviest amounts focused on South Shore/Buzzards Bay/Cape/Islands with a foot of snow likely in those areas. Metro Boston plan on 8" of snow. Our *special* map in the maps section details the snowfall potential.
  • Snow will be light & fluffy which eliminates threat of widespread power loss BUT the powdery snow means significant blowing/drifting snow leading to poor visibility.
  • Wind gust between 35-50 mph likely along coast with gusts between 20-35 mph well inland. This wind will create wind chills between -10 and -20 overnight & early Wednesday morning.
  • Thankfully, coastal flooding is not expected to be an issue due to lower astronomical high tides as well as a northerly wind direction (a NE or E wind traps water along the coastline. That happened during the January 3rd event.)
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