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(11 p.m. UPDATE) Winter Storm Grayson Info Center: Latest On Closings, Snow Winds Down And Temperatures Start To Drop

Jan 03, 2018 09:48PM ● By Bill Gilman
Welcome to the Winter Storm Grayson Information Center. We will be updating the information here throughout the storm and its aftermath. Keep checking back for the latest news and information. 
You are our eyes and ears -- Have you heard of a closing, postponement, power outage, wires down, traffic hazard? E-mail us at [email protected] or [email protected] or text to 978-855-3372.

LATEST UPDATE, THURSDAY, 11 P.M.

The current conditions and latest forecast

As of 11 p.m. Thursday, snowfall totals in the Merrimack Valley included 15.4 inches in Dracut and 13.8 inches in Tewksbury. Winds in the region were measured with gusts as high as 50 MPH.
Temperatures are starting to drop as we head into a 48-hour deep freeze.
Here is the complete, latest, 3-day forecast:
Overnight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as zero. West wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 12. Wind chill values as low as -10. West wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around -5. Wind chill values as low as -22. West wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.
Saturday
Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 5. Wind chill values as low as -20. West wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around -11. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 12.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7.

Power Outages

There have been no outages reported in Tewksbury or Dracut as of 11 p.m.
National Grid is reporting just 3 outages impacting 11 customers in Massachusetts.

Updated closure list

Friday Closings:
Greater Lowell Technical High School
Dracut Public Schools
Tewksbury Public Schools
Shawsheen Tech
All Massachusetts Courts will open at 10 a.m.


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Thursday Closings:

Dracut Water Supply District
 - There is a winter storm warning in Massachusetts on 1/4/2018. The Governor directs that non emergency employees should not report to work. Dracut Water Supply District will be closed today Thursday, January 4, 2018. We will open again on Friday, January 5, 2018. 
All Massachusetts Courts Dracut Municipal offices Dracut Public Schools
Shawsheen Tech
Greater Lowell Tech
Tewksbury Town Hall
Tewksbury Public Library
Tewksbury Senior Center
Massachusetts State Government Offices

Water Main Break

A water main break was reported at 7 a.m. on Main Street near Victor Drive.

Social media accounts to follow

Twitter
@dracut_Today
@Tewksburytoday
@massgovernor
@millcityweather
@dracutweather
@ncoramwx
@massstatepolice
@bostontrafficez
@tewksburypd
@dracutmapd

Facebook
Dracut Police
Tewksbury Police
Mass State Police
Mill City Weather
Your TewksburyToday
Your Dracut Today

Trash Pickup

  • Dracut trash/recycling pickup will still take place Thursday
  • In Tewksbury, in preparation of the impending storm, Republic Services will be picking up Trash and RED Recycling Friday, January 5th. All items are to be put curbside no later than 7 a.m. as usual.

MBTA Schedule

Commuter rail will operate a Reduced Schedule on Thursday, January 4th. Trains shaded in yellow on paper/PDF schedules will not operate. Some express trains will make additional stops. Check http://mbta.com/winter  for line-specific information.

Protect Your Pipes

Due to the extreme cold temperatures that continue to affect the area, the Department of Public Works advises residents that freezing pipes is a real concern for your water system. Keep thermostats set to 60˚ F or higher to ensure air temperatures around inside plumbing are warm enough to prevent the water inside from freezing. On particularly cold days and nights, it is a good idea to leave water running in a faucet slightly to keep water moving through the system. This movement helps to prevent the water from freezing and also draws warmer water from the main in the street into your water service and inside plumbing. Even underground piping is subject to freezing, depending on the outside temperature, frost depth, and pipe depth. The cost of water is small especially when compared to the potential cost from damages. As a reminder, homeowners are responsible for repairs to their service from their property line to the meter. Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

Emergency Information

Verizon

To Report Service Related Issues customers can contact Verizon at 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966) or online at www.verizon.com/support to report any service-related issue.

National Grid

Electric: 1-800-322-3223
Gas:      1-800-233-5325


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