Compliance with Parking Ban Will Help with Storm Cleanup

StormTotalSnowWebThe latest snowstorm that moved through Hamilton on Monday has been easier on the town than the Friday storm, according to DPW Director Bill Redford, who reports that there have been much fewer branches and trees down and no widespread power outages.

The snowfall had lightened up by 4 p.m., but where it is packed down on the roads it is slippery, he said.

“The parking ban is in place and if residents comply, it will make our cleanup easier,” Redford said. “I’m expecting light snow to continue (and possible ‘ocean effect’ flurries) possibly until Tuesday morning.”

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said in a situational awareness statement issued at 3 p.m. on Monday that the most intense portion of the storm had passed and lighter snowfall will continue throughout the evening and into Monday night and early Tuesday morning, resulting in additional accumulation of plowable snow. A Winter Storm Warning remained in effect for Essex County, including Hamilton, until 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to MEMA.

MEMA said the drier snow in this storm has limited the downed trees and power outages but dangerous travel conditions will continue Monday due to heavy snow and near whiteout conditions, at times.

The MBTA commuter rail has not been affected by the snowstorm, according to MEMA.

MassDOT District 4, which covers Hamilton including Route 1A, said the roads are wet, slush covered and snow covered and MassDOT crews are chemically treating and plowing roadways with 958 pieces of hired equipment and 32 pieces of MassDOT equipment with 124 MassDOT employees in all.

The peak wind gusts near Hamilton included Rockport at 57 miles per hour at 4:45 a.m., a 40 mph gust in North Reading at 4:01 a.m. and a 40 mph gust at 4:39 a.m. in Newburyport.

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