School closings and storm alerts
Welcome to The Eagle-Tribune's live school closing and storm blog. With snow expected Friday throughout the day, we'll be here in beginning tonight and right through the early morning hours to update you with school closings and other weather related stuff.
Thursday December 18, 2008 2:35 Eagle-Tribune
Gretchen Putnam: 
Timberlane Regional Schools will be closed Friday, Dec. 19. Schools are expected to reopen Monday with a two-hour delay for students and one-hour delay for staff. Keep checking this blog for updates and changes with more bad weather expected Sunday.
Thursday December 18, 2008 2:42 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 

Tower Hill Neighborhood Association in Lawrence has cancelled its  annual Christmas  party for Friday, Dec. 19. The new date will be Jan. 2. at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel School's Judson Hall.

Thursday December 18, 2008 2:54 Gretchen Putnam
Methuen public schools will have an early release day Friday.

They will release students at the following times

High School: 10:45 a.m.
Upper School: 11:15 a.m.
Lower School:   11:45 a.m.
Thursday December 18, 2008 3:06 Eagle-Tribune
Gretchen Putnam: 
ANDOVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS will have an early release day Friday, Dec. 19. Middle and High School students will be released at 11 a.m. Elementary students will be released at 11:45 a.m. There will be no PM Preschool or PM Kindergarten. Check back for updates.
Thursday December 18, 2008 3:15 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 
NORTH ANDOVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS will have an early release day Friday, Dec. 19.
HIGH SCHOOL students will be dismissed at 10:40 a.m.
MIDDLE SCHOOL students will be dismissed at 10:55 a.m.
ATKINSON will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
FRANKLIN, KITTREDGE, and SARGENT SCHOOLS will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m.
THOMSON SCHOOL will be dismissed at 11:50.
All afternoon activities are cancelled.
Thursday December 18, 2008 3:18 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 
HAVERHILL PUBLIC SCHOOLS will have an early release day Friday, Dec. 19
HAVERHILL HIGH - Dismissal at 10:30 a.m. HALT PROGRAM, ST. JAMES - 11 a.m.
MIDDLE SCHOOLS - 11:15 a.m.
Thursday December 18, 2008 3:23 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 
SACRED HEARTS in HAVERHILL will close at 11 a.m. tomorrow
Thursday December 18, 2008 3:24 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 
ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL in HAVERHILL will close at 11 a.m. Friday
Thursday December 18, 2008 3:25 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 
THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY EXAM for HAVERHILL HIGH scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 20 has been postponed until Jan. 24 at 8 a.m. at Haverhill High.
Thursday December 18, 2008 3:31 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 
GREATER LAWRENCE TECHNICAL SCHOOL will dismiss students at 11:40 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19
Thursday December 18, 2008 3:35 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is considering calling a snow day for state workers as another nasty storm approaches the region. He said he'll decide by 5 a.m. Friday whether to order state employees to stay home. He warned businesses he may ask them to keep their workers home, too. -- Associated Press

Thursday December 18, 2008 3:41 Gretchen Putnam
[Comment From Lawrence MotherLawrence Mother: ] 
Any word on Lawrence Public Schools?
Thursday December 18, 2008 3:44 Lawrence Mother
Gretchen Putnam: 
We are currently checking with the Lawrence schools to find out what their plan is for tomorrow. As soon as we have the information confirmed from the superintendent, we will post it. Thanks!
Thursday December 18, 2008 3:44 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 
CENTRAL CATHOLIC in LAWRENCE will close at 12:50 p.m. Friday.
Thursday December 18, 2008 3:59 Gretchen Putnam
[Comment From KeithKeith: ] 
How much snow is expected to fall?
Thursday December 18, 2008 4:00 Keith
Gretchen Putnam: 
National Weather Service is predicting 8 inches for this area by midnight, but it's changed a couple of times today. Here is a link to National Weather Service which has a good map:
Thursday December 18, 2008 4:03 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 
LAWRENCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS will dismiss all students at noon Friday, Dec. 19.
Thursday December 18, 2008 4:22 Gretchen Putnam
[Comment From SweetsSweets: ] 
You mean 8" by TOMORROW midnight, right? I thought they were saying it wasn't going to really start until mid day tomorrow.
Thursday December 18, 2008 4:22 Sweets
Gretchen Putnam: 
Here is what the National Weather Service is saying: Snow will arrive here between noon and 2  p.m. Snow will become heavy not too long after the onset...will fall at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour into the early evening when it should taper off. Totals in this area are now for 8 inches or more.
Thursday December 18, 2008 4:26 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 
NOTE TO USERS: We appreciate those sending in news about their school cancellations. We will post those items as soon as we have confirmation from the school districts.
Thursday December 18, 2008 4:27 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 

WHITTIER REGIONAL TECHNICAL in HAVERHILL will make a determination about school Friday morning, says superintendent.

Thursday December 18, 2008 4:29 Gretchen Putnam
[Comment From CarmenCarmen: ] 
if the storm comes ealry, and they close the schools, you will have the updates here?
Thursday December 18, 2008 4:29 Carmen
Gretchen Putnam: 
Absolutely. As soon as the information comes to us, we will continue to post. We will be up early in the a.m. to make sure we have the latest news for you.
Thursday December 18, 2008 4:30 Gretchen Putnam
Gretchen Putnam: 
HAVERHILL Mayor James J. Fiorentini has declared a snow emergency will go into effect at noon Friday. Parking will be prohibited on the following streets: Emerson, Essex, Merrimack, White and Winter. Parking will also be prohibited on Main Street from Merrimack Street to Monument Square; River Street from the County Bridge to View Street; Washington Street, from Washington Square to County Bridge; Water Street from Main Street to Mill Street. Winter parking rules remain in effect for the rest of the city.
Thursday December 18, 2008 4:50 Gretchen Putnam
Governor orders non-emergency personnel to stay home:
Friday December 19, 2008 7:06 Eagle-Tribune
Amesbury schools are releasing at 11 a.m. this morning.
Friday December 19, 2008 7:15 Eagle-Tribune
Methuen Schools are closing early at 11 a.m.
Friday December 19, 2008 7:19 Eagle-Tribune
Windham, NH schools are closing at noon.
Friday December 19, 2008 7:21 Eagle-Tribune
[Comment From KeithKeith: ] 
What did gov patrick have to say about regular businesses. Is he reccomending they close early?
Friday December 19, 2008 7:43 Keith
We've heard no official declaration for regular businesses, but state and local officials have been urging residents to stay off the roads this afternoon and leave work early, if possible. It's fine out there now, but forecasts predict when it starts coming down this afternoon, it's going to come down quickly.
Friday December 19, 2008 7:55 Eagle-Tribune
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service is saying snow will start between 10 a.m. and noon today (Friday). Snow will fall more rapidly as the afternoon progresses. We're slated to get about 8 to 12 inches by this evening. The temperature is going to be cold, too: mid-20s this afternoon and dropping to 13 degrees tonight. Tomorrow we're expected to get another 1 to 3 inches of snow and then we get hit again Sunday with possibly 6 to 10 inches of snow and the possibility of freezing rain.
Friday December 19, 2008 9:45 Eagle-Tribune
[Comment From J.J. HugginsJ.J. Huggins: ] 
Patrick's statement: Extreme Weather:Governor Patrick Issues Directive for Non-Emergency State Employees In anticipation of the Friday, December 19th snowstorm and the issues it will present to the afternoon commute, Governor Deval Patrick has announced that non-emergency employees, who work within the Executive Branch of state government, should not report to their workplace today. We encourage the private sector employers to take similar actions. Those who must travel are encouraged to take public transportation. These actions should help facilitate more effective snow removal and minimize the possibility of a long, slow, dangerous homebound commute. Residents can stay updated on weather alerts and storm information on, by calling 2-1-1, or through traditional media outlets.
Friday December 19, 2008 11:26 J.J. Huggins
[Comment From AA: ] 
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center closes 11:00am December 19
Friday December 19, 2008 1:01 A
The storm has begun. Snow coming down steady now in most areas. Get home, get your shovel prepare for a weekend of staying off the roads.
Friday December 19, 2008 3:12 Eagle-Tribune
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