The Latest on Trash Pickup, Town Offices Opening
According to the town's news and alerts system, trash pickup will be happening today, though there might be a small delay due to the weather. And the town offices are scheduled to open at 11 a.m.
UPDATED 5:30 P.M. --
Blizzard Warning for Parts of Massachusetts
The National Weather Service has extended its blizzard warning to most of coastal New England, including the north and south shores of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
UPDATED 3:25 P.M. --
Town Offices Closing Early on Thursday
The following announcement just came across from the town's email alert system: Due to weather conditions, Town Offices will close at 3:30 PM on Thursday, January 2. Town officials will monitor conditions throughout the evening and update the Town web site if any additional notices are necessary.
Trial Court Closures, Delays
The following announcement came from the Executive Office of the Trial Court: In consideration of public and staff safety in light of the current coastal storm, the Massachusetts Trial Court will close courthouses statewide today at 3 p.m. on January 2nd, and will delay opening on Friday, January 3rd in all counties until noon. An assessment for Friday afternoon operations will be made in the morning. No first-day jurors are scheduled to report on Friday.
UPDATED 1:45 p.m.
You know by now that school in Concord was cancelled on Thursday, and Superintendent of Schools Diana Rigby has announced there won't be school on Friday, Jan. 3, either.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is issuing Wind Chill Advisories throughout the Commonwealth for the remainder of the week, and meteorologists throughout the region are warning about dangerous, bitingly cold temperatures in the days ahead.
With that in mind, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency shared the following Emergency Tips for Handling Extreme Cold.
Gov. Patrick: Early Release for State Employees
Governor Deval Patrick has ordered state employees home by 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, and encouraged private employers to release the workforce early, as well. Highways and the MBTA will remain open through the storm, Patrick said.
ORIGINAL POST, with updates and links added
We didn't have to wait long for the first storm of 2014. It began a little after midnight Thursday, Jan. 2, and the estimates say Concord could be covered by about a foot of snow before the flakes stop falling on Friday.
Here you'll find information and updates about this week's significant winter storm. We will be updating this storm center hub throughout the storm with the latest stories and storm-related news, so be sure to check back.
How much snow is Concord expected to get Thursday and Friday? Here are the projections as of Thursday at 5 a.m.
- National Weather Service: 10-14 inches
- Channel 4, WBZ: 10-14+ inches
- Channel 5, WCVB: 9-15 inches
- Channel 7, WHDH: 8-12 inches
- Channel 25, FOX: 10-14 inches
Rather than grumble about the white stuff piling up outside, grab one of those new digital devices you received this holiday season, start snapping photos and share 'em on Patch. This is the first snow of 2014, after all. Here's how.
Concord Emergency Contacts
- In case of an emergency, dial 911
- Concord Police Department - 978-318-3400
- Concord Fire Department - 978-318-3488
- Concord Municipal Light Plant -- 978-318-3101
- National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
- Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
- MBTA/Commuter Rail: service updates
Concord Winter Parking Ban
Winter Storm Warning in Effect for Concord
Emergency Tips for Handling Extreme Cold
Governor: State Offices Close at 3 p.m., Highways Remain Open
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Students Rejoice: No School Friday in Concord
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