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Feb 11, 2015

07:26:45 GMT--Snow Storm - North-America - USA



EDIS Number: SS-20150211-46952-USA

Date / time: 11/02/2015 07:25:10 [UTC]

Event: Snow Storm

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Massachusetts

Location: [Statewide]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate



Description:



We are already in the midst of the ninth snowiest winter on record and after a brief respite Wednesday, forecasters said much of Massachusetts is on track to get more snow Thursday afternoon and into the Friday morning commute and again this weekend. Forecasters are also monitoring a potential snowstorm in the Saturday to Sunday timeframe. There is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding the timing and impacts of this storm. However, there is the "low probability of yet another significant winter storm," the weather service said. Experts urged people to clear as much snow as possible from the roofs of homes and businesses in the meantime to avoid collapses. Five hundred members of the Massachusetts National Guard were activated Tuesday to help with snow removal. "These men and women will deploy across Eastern Massachusetts," Gov. Charlie Baker said, adding MEMA will determine which towns help is most needed. The National Guard members were staging at Weymouth High School and had arrived from all over the region on Tuesday. "As we were getting closer, it's just unbelievable to see this amount of snow in this area," Sgt. Major. John Ryan, of the Massachusetts National Guard said. National Guard equipment, front-end loaders, backhoes and dump trucks are needed to remove the piles of snow, some more than 10-feet high. "We're on our last leg. We've been going for three weeks straight and with the heavy storms back to back our crews have been going on endless hours," Kenan Connell, of the Weymouth Department of Public Works said. Most of the National Guard members have been deployed to South Shore towns that have been hardest hit, and they've been clearing snow from fire hydrants and moving snow piles from roads and parking lots. "We're here to provide support needed to bring it back to some normal state," Ryan said. "That's our job. We're here to support the communities as best as we can and this is why we volunteered." Baker said the state has purchased two additional snow melters that can process about 25 truckloads of snow every hour.




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