Winter Storm Nemo: Latest closings, weat...
Good morning, folks. This is Greg Saulmon for The Republican and I'll be managing our live weather updates this morning, with contributions from a number of my colleagues.
Friday February 8, 2013 7:34
GS: We'll provide updated forecasts, information about road conditions, real-time closings, cancellations and delays, and other storm related information throughout the storm.
Friday February 8, 2013 7:35
We look forward to your comments, too. Together, we can share a lot of information about what's happening in our neighborhoods and communities during this weather event. I'll try to publish your comments as quickly and consistently as I can.
Friday February 8, 2013 7:36
GS: I woke up in Holyoke at 5 a.m. today expecting to see snow, but it looks like the storm will move into the area a little later than expected.

In his latest update, CBS3 meteorologist Mike Skurko writes, "A few light snowflakes have been spotted across western Massachusetts just before sunrise, but the main event will not be getting started for a few more hours. Expected a coating of snow to develop later this morning."
Friday February 8, 2013 7:39
GS: You can find Mike's 7 a.m. updated forecast here:
Friday February 8, 2013 7:41
GS: We're still looking at about 15-20 inches of snow by the time the storm winds down tomorrow.
Friday February 8, 2013 7:42
GS: We have a standing list of closings and cancellations here:

We'll be adding to that list all day, as well as offering information here as we receive it.
Friday February 8, 2013 7:48
GS: Parking ban information is here:
Friday February 8, 2013 7:48
GS: Via Facebook, I'm starting to see people reporting flurries in Holyoke and Easthampton. Still not seeing anything through the windows at The Republican HQ, but it's quite gray out there. What's it looking like where you are?
Friday February 8, 2013 7:51
Mandy Hofmockel: 
@MassGovernor Deval Patrick tweets "We are urging people to stay off the roads by noon today. #MAStorm"

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Friday February 8, 2013 7:52 Mandy Hofmockel
GS: There seemed to be quite a few people on the roads when I made my way from Holyoke to Springfield around 5:45 a.m. today. Seemed like people were trying to get where they needed to go as early as possible to beat the storm.
Friday February 8, 2013 7:53
Greg Saulmon: 
George Graham just came into the office and said, "Flakes are falling."
Friday February 8, 2013 7:59 Greg Saulmon
Greg Saulmon: 
Massachusetts Department of Transportation, via Twitter: "Crews total 300 now 6am, treating roadways north, central west. 4,000+ crews available, called as conditions require."
Friday February 8, 2013 8:00 Greg Saulmon
Greg Saulmon: 
If you're on Twitter, MassDOT ( is a handy account to follow.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:01 Greg Saulmon
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Take a trip back in time with these photos of the Blizzard of '78, which saw its 35th anniversary this week:
Friday February 8, 2013 8:02 Mandy Hofmockel
Greg Saulmon: 
From Patrick Johnson last night:

The Massachusetts National Guard has been authorized to call up 500 guardsmen to join the more than 5,500 who are already scheduled for weekend training. The National Guard is prepared to help with road-clearing and transportation operations throughout the state, according to Major General L. Scott Rice, adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:04 Greg Saulmon
Greg Saulmon: 
PVTA announced yesterday that buses would continue to run today, but that there may be delays. I saw PVTA buses showing up on schedule at the Holyoke transportation center around 5:30 this morning.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:06 Greg Saulmon
Canceled flights starting to mount up at Bradley international airport.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:07 NewsEyeFoxCt
Greg Saulmon: 
From the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency: "Have sufficient heating fuel. If using emergency generator, read directions, use outdoors away from windows / doors."
Friday February 8, 2013 8:08 Greg Saulmon
#Nemo has arrived. Light snow falling in #Springfieldma
Friday February 8, 2013 8:09 GeorgeGraham413
Greg Saulmon: 
There's been an interesting debate surrounding The Weather Channel's decision to name winter storms for the 2012-2013 season. They're the organization that named this storm "Nemo". This was a statement the National Weather Service released in October:

"The National Weather Service has no opinion about private weather enterprise products and services. A winter storm's impact can vary from one location to another, and storms can weaken and redevelop, making it difficult to define where one ends and another begins. While the National Weather Service does not name winter storms, we do rate major winter storms after the fact."
Friday February 8, 2013 8:12 Greg Saulmon
Greg Saulmon: 
Massachusetts Department of Transportation:

"8am crews total 570 pre-treating roads. Reminder: I-90 no tandem trailers & propane trucks, NY border to Allston tolls begins 11am."
Friday February 8, 2013 8:15 Greg Saulmon
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Is the Mass Pike being closed today, if so when
Friday February 8, 2013 8:17 Guest
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Get CBS 3 Springfield meteorologist Mike Skurko's latest forecast on
Friday February 8, 2013 8:18 Mandy Hofmockel
Greg Saulmon: 
Guest: I haven't seen anything indicating the Mass Pike will be closed. There's a ban on tandem trailers / propane trucks from the NY border to the Allston tolls starting at 11 a.m.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:18 Greg Saulmon
[Comment From BettyBetty: ] 
Will trash be picked up in east longmeadow today
Friday February 8, 2013 8:21 Betty
Greg Saulmon: 
Betty: Yes, trash pickup was set to begin at 5 a.m. Looks like it's paper this week for recycling.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:23 Greg Saulmon
[Comment From BettyBetty: ] 
Friday February 8, 2013 8:24 Betty
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Be prepared for the storm by getting all your emergency items together before the snow hits. We've compiled a checklist here:
Friday February 8, 2013 8:29 Mandy Hofmockel
Greg Saulmon: 
Via Mike Masco's 8 a.m. update, the storm won't be in full swing for several hours, but: "Expect the first coating of snow to develop shortly though."
Friday February 8, 2013 8:31 Greg Saulmon
Greg Saulmon: 
Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan tells NECN that if there are outages, utilities will not begin recovery efforts until after the storm ends, and that people should plan to be without power for "several days" if the lights do go out. Sullivan says communication with utilities has been "really good":
Friday February 8, 2013 8:38 Greg Saulmon
[Comment From Mike G.Mike G.: ] 
Snowing in Ludlow on the way in, tapered down going west on the Turnpike. Very, very light traffic both sides, especially westbound.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:38 Mike G.
Greg Saulmon: 
Thanks for the update, Mike G.!
Friday February 8, 2013 8:38 Greg Saulmon
Greg Saulmon: 
Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik offers this update:

City schools are closed; Westfield City Hall offices will be closing at 12 p.m.; no shelters open at this time.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:42 Greg Saulmon
Greg Saulmon: 
From George Graham:

State police Sgt. Alan Joubert said state Department of Transportation personnel have pre-treated Interstate 91 and Interstate 291 this morning and that motorists may notice the roadways look wet. Sara Lavoie, spokeswoman for DOT, said late last month that the state has begun using salt brine to pre-treat major roadways. She said it has proven to be a more efficient anti-icer than the liquid magnesium chloride that it has been using for the past five years or so.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:47 Greg Saulmon
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Share your winter storm photos with us and check out other Pioneer Valley pictures:
Friday February 8, 2013 8:50 Mandy Hofmockel
No lines, no waiting at most airport check in desks at Bradley airport do to so many canceled flights.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:51 NewsEyeFoxCt
Our stores are currently open & fully stocked on storm necessities. Be safe everyone! & stay tuned to our Twitter for updates & closings.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:53 BigYFoods
[Comment From GaryGary: ] 
Any chance the holyoke mall closes early? I do not want to go into work!!!
Friday February 8, 2013 8:54 Gary
Winter storm update: All Baystate Health facilities and services remain open. We will provide updates as the storm progresses. #westernma
Friday February 8, 2013 8:54 Baystate_Health
Greg Saulmon: 
Bradley International Airport, via Twitter: "Airport forecasts 24+ inches of snow at BDL. All flights are cancelled after 1:30pm this afternoon. Follow us on Twitter for info."
Friday February 8, 2013 8:55 Greg Saulmon
Greg Saulmon: 
@Gary: Haven't seen information that the Holyoke Mall is closing. The mall is taking some heat on Facebook for promoting a sale at one of its stores.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:57 Greg Saulmon
Greg Saulmon: 
@Gary: On Wednesday, in response to a question from someone asking about Friday hours, a mall representative responded: "As of right now the mall will be open 10 AM - 9:30 PM this Friday. If there are any changes to our operating hours we will post them on our website, facebook, twitter and with the local media."
Friday February 8, 2013 8:59 Greg Saulmon
[Comment From Christine AlgerChristine Alger: ] 
A coworker just came in late and said the Mountian to Easthampton is closed already.
Friday February 8, 2013 8:59 Christine Alger
Greg Saulmon: 
@Christine: Yes, police had planned on closing Mountain Road / 141 at 3 a.m. today until further notice.
Friday February 8, 2013 9:00 Greg Saulmon
Greg Saulmon: 
Reminder: State courthouses are closing at 12 p.m. today.
Friday February 8, 2013 9:05 Greg Saulmon
[Comment From Christine AlgerChristine Alger: ] 
Ah. I thought it was 3 pm.
Friday February 8, 2013 9:05 Christine Alger
Greg Saulmon: 
Some storm safety tips from the Amherst Fire Department, via Facebook:

- While shoveling, take breaks and stay hydrated.
- Stay off the roads as much as possible.
- Help keep your neighborhood's hydrants clear of snow.
- If you need to use your generator, remember to run it outside and point the exhaust AWAY from your home and windows.
Friday February 8, 2013 9:12 Greg Saulmon
[Comment From MBMB: ] 
Greg - love the blog and updates. Things should get interesting later on.
Friday February 8, 2013 9:12 MB
Greg Saulmon: 
@MB -- thank you very much. Starting slower than I thought today, but it's important for us to keep our eyes and ears open starting as early in an event like this as possible.
Friday February 8, 2013 9:13 Greg Saulmon
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