Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Who deserves your thanks? The road crews, the stranger who plowed the end of your driveway, your neighbor, or anyone else who helped you out during this historic snow storm?
It's been a snow storm of epic proportions that many of us in this part of Massachusetts will remember for a lifetime. The good Samaritan stories are also making their way around the kitchen tables: a woman who picked up extra groceries for her elderly neighbor; the lone snow plow operator who stopped to help someone out of a snow ditch; the family who took in a co-worker who lost power. Patch is a great forum to use for community conversations. This time, let's all say a big "thanks" to any person or group who helped us out during this storm. It's easier than sending a thank you note! The stories are out there. Add your story and "thank you" to the comments following this article.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Do you have shots of your dog (or any pet) in all the snow from the blizzard? Share it here.
We've seen photos of the snow piled on your car, we've seen the huge snowbanks filling the streets and we've seen the snow drifts up against your door. Chances are you also took some pictures of your pet in the snow on Saturday or Sunday — and with clear skies in the forecast this week, there's still ample opportunity to take some new ones. Upload your pet snow photos, and we will rotate them through the main photo feature spot. Click the green and white "upload photos and videos" button to add it to our gallery.
Monday, February 11, 2013
The National Weather Service has the answer. Do you have a different one?
There's no doubt about it — the recent blizzard left quite a bit of snow for Lexington to clean up. But how much snow? The National Weather Service says Lexington got 21 inches of snow. Snowfall amounts have also been recorded for several other local towns, including Concord, Wayland and Maynard. Did you take snowfall measurements in Lexington? How much snowfall did the town get? Tell us in the comments section below. In the meantime, here are the snowfall amounts for the nearby cities and towns (provided by the National Weather Service):
Saturday, February 9, 2013
It just takes one stubborn snow bank to put you in pain for the rest of the winter. So while shoveling, remember to lift with your legs and not your back.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Let's measure the blizzard through lawn ornaments!
We at Patch like to have fun – even when we’re covering a story as big as the Blizzard of ’13! So when the biggest storm in years (potentially in the history of Boston weather) is headed our way, we get into battle mode – and even get a little silly. That’s what this idea is about – and we want you to take part too! A fun way we want to track the storm across Massachusetts is through lawn ornaments. They serve a purpose in the spring and summer, but often feel left out in the cold of winter. Not anymore. We are posting photos of lawn ornaments throughout Massachusetts to highlight snowfall across the commonwealth during and after the storm. All you need to do is hit the Upload Photos and Videos button and upload your own. If we’re stuck at…
We’ve got the community covered… with your help.
With the blizzard settling over Massachusetts, the need for up-to-the minute info is even more important. At Patch, we will be working around-the-clock to cover the storm, but as with of our reporting, the more interaction we get from users the more comprehensive our coverage will be. Lexington Patch is as much your site as it is ours. So in the run-up to the blizzard, here’s how you can use Patch: 1. Get the news. When we know about storm-related news, so will you. From important town announcements, damages, power outages and floods, Twitter feeds and polls, we’ll have all the news covered 24-7. Check out our info center article for all the latest news and updates. 2. Comment. Have relevant information to add to the info center or to an…
Elderly neighbors may need an extra helping hand during the wintry weather, like the kind the storm named Nemo is expected to bring.
With expectations of snow pelting down and piling up over the next day or so, a deliberate act of kindness could be invaluable in helping to keep an older adult safe over the next few days. Here’s a short list of ways to offer a bit of help to an aging neighbor who might be in need of some support: Even if you don't know your neighbor by name, chances are he or she would welcome your friendly “check in” and assistance. So don’t be shy, commit a act of neighborly kindness. Tell us: How are you helping your neighbors or family members during this storm? Is our list missing a tip or suggestion. Add it in the comments!
Blizzard warning in effect through 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
As the winter storm sometimes known as Nemo barrels toward us and residents hunker down in anticipation of blizzard conditions, the latest forecasts for the Lexington area are calling for snow to begin this afternoon with the action really ramping up overnight. The worst of it, most forecasts concur, will be from around 7 p.m. tonight through early Saturday afternoon, during which time their could be periods where snow falls at a rate of 2- to 3-inches per hour. “We are still thinking 20-24” of snow for a lot of cities & towns,” WHDH meteorologist Jeremy Reiner wrote in his Weather Blog. “Wind will also be a major concern with coastal towns getting wind gusts between 55-65 mph (a gust or two of 70mph is likely on Cape Cod). Farther inland…
A quick look at what you need to see, do and know on Feb. 8 in Lexington.
1. Closures and Cancellations: The Lexington Public Schools, town offices, Cary Memorial Library, Senior Center are all closed today. The League of Women Voters has cancelled its First Friday Forum on the state budget, which was scheduled for this morning. Meanwhile, the Historical Society's Rum and Revolution Cronin Lecture, originally scheduled for this evening, has been postponed to March 1. 2. Trash Pickup: There will be curbside collection today; however, the town is requesting all residents take in their empty barrels by 1 p.m. 3. Gov. Patrick Weighs In: In advance of the storm, Gov. Deval Patrick held a press conference Thursday evening advising all "non-emergency" government employees to stay home from work today because of the …
Check here for updates from Patch, public safety personnel and residents as Massachusetts rides out the Blizzard of 2013.
New England may be in shutdown mode as a giant blizzard barrels through the area, but the conversation is alive and well on Twitter and the rest of the Web. Follow our live chat from Friday morning through the duration of the storm for updates in your neighborhood and around the rest of the state. Patch editors will provide continuous updates, and Twitter feeds from public officials, safety personnel and residents will let you know what's happening outside your window. If you'd like to ask a question during the chat, simply add it in the comment section above. We can't get to every question but will try our best to provide as much information as we can.