Snow-plow imageUPDATED Feb. 26: A taste of spring is all we got this week, and winter has returned with a vengeance, but the storm is already changing. Snow is giving way to sleet across some of Massachusetts as temperatures warm a bit from Friday morning's snowstorm.

By late morning, about seven inches of snow was measured north and west of Boston, with the final measurements certain to be higher — not to mention heavier. Sleet makes snow much denser and harder to shovel, YourArlington partner Patch reports. The National Weather Service reports Woburn had 10.7 inches as of 5:32 p.m. Friday.

Friday's "storm after the warm" started overnight, less than 48 hours after record-high temperatures near 70 degrees on Wednesday.

In response, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine announced that a town parking ban was in effect from 1 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, until 8 p.m. During this time, parking is  not allowed on streets and permitted spots. Vehicles parked are subject to ticketing and towing. Parking will be allowed in municipal lots at all times; rates apply after ban. In addition:

  • Libraries will be closed;
  • Town offices will operate remotely but will not be physically open;
  • Trash/recycling (amended schedule since this was a holiday week);
  • No pickup;
  • Thursday pickup will occur Saturday;
  • Friday pickup will occur Monday;
  • The rest of the town operates like a holiday week next week.

The town announced Feb. 26 that public-works crews worked more than 24 hours to clear roadways during this most recent snow event and need to rest.

Roads have been treated and will activate as the sun hits them.

Crews plan to return to perform overnight snow removal operations Saturday, Feb. 26, focused around schools and Sunday night focused around Mass. Ave.

Because of snow accumulations and frigid temperatures, these operations may take several days to complete. As you clean up, please do not push snow into the street.

General snow, ice reminders

During a snow event, please exercise caution when traveling and park off-street to help facilitate snow removal operations. After a storm, residents and businesses are reminded to keep public walkways clear in accordance with Town bylaws. Now is a good time to adopt a fire hydrant to keep it clear of snow in the event of an emergency. Catch basins should be cleared year-round to reduce neighborhood flooding.

Important phone numbers

Residents are reminded of the following important phone numbers. Officials recommend printing them, or otherwise making them available offline, in case of loss of power:

- Report downed electrical wires: call 911 and Eversource at 1-800-592-2000.
- Report a power outage to Eversource at 1-800-592-2000 or at eversource.com.
- Report a downed street tree or limb to DPW dispatch at 781-316-3301.

Town bylaws regarding snow, ice removal

The bylaws require residents and businesses to remove snow and ice from any sidewalks abutting their property following a storm. Residents should remove snow and ice from abutting paved sidewalks within eight hours between sunrise and sunset after a storm. Businesses and owners of any residential property utilized for apartment house or multi-unit condominium use that abuts a paved sidewalk have only three hours. Please don't forget to cut a path to the street if you live on a corner. It is also prohibited to move snow into the roadway. Failure to comply with these bylaws can result in a fine of $25 to $50 per day.

Secure trash, recycling at curb

Trash, recycling, and yard waste containers should be on the curb and secured in a manner to prevent them from going into the roadway and impeding snow removal operations. Bylaws require that waste be placed for collection at the curb no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening before scheduled collection. Items buried in snow will not be collected and if left out on the curb after the assigned collection day may be subject to a fine. Storm conditions may require some extra planning on when to bring out items, so please plan accordingly.

Be alerted about snow emergencies/parking bans

When a snow emergency/parking ban is put into place, the town will send a notification via Arlington Alerts (phone, text and email), town notices (regular email list), and on its social media channels (Facebook and Twitter). If you are not subscribed to these methods, you may do so at arlingtonma.gov/connect. This information will also be posted on arlingtonma.gov.

To read more information about the town's snow operations and what you can do to make Arlington a safe place for all this winter, please visit arlingtonma.gov/snow.

Safety tips to consider after snow
- Adopt a fire hydrant and clear snow 3 feet or more away from it.
- Adopt a catch basin and keep it clear. With mild weather predicted after the storm, keeping catch basins clear will greatly help to reduce flooding. 
- Clear exhaust vents from direct vent gas furnace systems to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Never run an automobile until the exhaust pipe has been cleared of snow.
- Those with flat roofs should check them, especially with forecasted rain later in the week.
- Please check in with your neighbors who may need extra assistance.


Jan. 28, 2022: Blizzard leaves 20" of snow in area; parking ban lifted

 


This news announcement was published Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, and updated Feb. 26.