Thursday, February 7, 2013
We could see more than two feet of snow.
If you've been talking about what a calm winter we've had, you've spoken too soon. Just a couple days after the 35th anniversary of the Blizzard of '78, New England is expected to get a blizzard this weekend. Norton could see more than 2 feet of snow, the largest snow accumulation since 2010. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for most of eastern Massachusetts including Norton, calling it a "potential historic winter storm." The watch has been put into effect for Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. We could see snow falling at 3-to-4 inches per hour and wind gusts of more than 20 miles per hour. The snow will have a light start Friday morning and will build in intensity during the afternoon. The heaviest …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
How do you judge when it's cold out or when it's just New England typical weather?
It's definitely cold out this week, with winter reminding us we live in New England. What made you shiver this morning? Taking the dogs out? Standing at the bus stop? One reader said "you know it's cold out when the wet clothes in the dryer are frozen." Finish this sentence for us in the comments: You know it's cold out when ...
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Here are 10 tips for choosing the perfect snow and ice management professional.
Piles, upon piles of snow everywhere. This winter the white stuff has been falling on an almost every other day rate, and many of you have at least considered hiring a professional snow plowing contractor. But how do you know you are hiring the right one? Here are some tips for hiring the perfect contractor for your snow plowing needs. 1.) Is the contractor insured? This should be the first question asked to any prospective contractor. There is a very high liability in the snow and ice management industry. Poor road conditions and poor visibility can lead to mistakes, which could add up to thousands of dollars. Can the contractor produce a certificate of liability insurance? Will the contractor be using employees or subcontractors to …
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Fond memories of winters growing up in Norton.
It’s been a long winter in Norton, and we’re only halfway through it. As we suffer through yet another snowstorm this week and the mountains of white stuff continue to clog our driveways and parking lots, it is bringing back memories of my childhood here in town. Back then, a foot of snow was not a major deal – it was just winter. And the idea of canceling school just because a storm was forecast for morning? That never happened, despite the urging of us students that it strongly be considered. Of course, there is a slight chance my memories are conveniently prejudiced. There may not have actually been more snow in Norton during the 60s and 70s. But snow-blowers were rare, shoveling not considered a health risk and studded snow tires all …
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Ansay taking school closings day by day.
While kids are mostly thrilled to hear the phrase 'Snow Day,' they may not be so happy when it's summer. Including today, Norton Public Schools have used four snow days. With winter only halfway over, more snow days could be in the future. By law, schools must build in five extra days for weather issues. “So, I guess you could say we have a little wiggle room,” said superintendent Dr. Patricia Ansay. The only thing is, the law also says that school cannot go into July. To make up days on a Saturday or implement an additional 15 minutes daily or other options, instead of extending further into June would require the approval of the State Commissioner of Education. “I feel that although school in June isn't as productive as it is during, let…
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Snow, sleet and rain makes for messy roads.
Feb. 2 10:00 p.m.: There will be no a.m. or p.m. kindergarten. 9:39 p.m.: Two-hour delay for Foxborough Charter. 9:12 p.m.: Two-hour delay at Bishop Feehan per principal Bill Runey. 8:04 p.m.: Two-hour delay tomorrow, Feb. 3 for Norton Public Schools. 11:20 a.m.: Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, predicting an early spring. In related news, Mother Nature and Phil had a good laugh once the tourists left. 11:19 a.m.: Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary's Nature Center is closed today, due to weather but will reopen for normal hours, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 5:22 a.m.: Norton Public Schools are closed for the day. Feb. 1 9:08 p.m.: Foxborough Regional Charter School will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 2. 9:02 p.m.: Wheaton College plans …
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
May freeze overnight.
Only two motor vehicle accidents were reported in Norton by the police department today. Neither had injuries. "However we had a few motor vehicles off the road," police lieutenant Todd Jackson said. "We also had several branches and wires down, with some power outages in town." According to National Grid, 192 customers are without power. In this video, Norton Patch editor takes a round trip from Mansfield to Norton to see how the roads were.