The snowstorm expected to hit Hamilton on Thursday night into Friday will not likely prompt Hamilton Town Hall to close, according to DPW Director Bill Redford and Town Manager Michael Lombardo.
“I have discussed the timing for plow and sand trucks to be on the road, and we do not anticipate conditions that would prompt closing of Town Hall,” Lombardo said on Thursday.
Based on the weather conditions that are expected, though, Lombardo recommends that everyone plan accordingly and allow extra time to arrive at their destinations safely on Friday.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said in a situational awareness statement that the storm will start as rain on Thursday night and change into snow after midnight.
“A period of heavy snow is expected late (Thursday night) and Friday morning with snowfall rates up to 1 inch (possibly 2 inches) per hour,” the situational awareness statement said.
Roads will become snow covered with hazardous driving conditions late Thursday night into Friday, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. The Friday morning commute will be affected and the wet snow will accumulate on trees and power lines, which could result in isolated power outages.
There will be a sharp cutoff in precipitation amounts on the western edge of the storm and the storm track will be key to the effect it will have on Hamilton. If the storm tracks further southeast, accumulating snow will be confined to far southeast Massachusetts, according to MEMA, but if the storm tracks further northwest, significant snowfall will make its way to Hamilton.
The State Emergency Operations Center is operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring) and MEMA will continue to monitor the forecast.
Below, find some online resources where you can keep tabs on the storm.
- For updated forecasts, visit the National Weather Service Taunton website.
- Get the free Massachusetts Alerts mobile app to receive emergency notifications and information from MEMA and the National Weather Service. It is available for Android and iPhones.
- MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer can keep you informed about current power outages across the state, including in Hamilton, with information from utility companies about restoration times.