February 9 2017

Weather Updates: Closings Happening Early

By: Rich Hosford

Update February 9 

The Burlington Mall closed at 1 p.m. on Thursday. 

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With a significant amount of snowfall predicted many Burlington institutions have already made the decision to close on Thursday.

Burlington Public Schools will be closed as will all municipal offices, including Town Hall, the Burlington Public Library and the Senior Center. The Burlington Recreation Department has cancelled all programs starting after 7 a.m.

Trash pickup has been delayed until Friday.

Burlington’s Real School of Music has also cancelled classes. Goldfish Swim School has cancelled the family swim event and will announce tomorrow if classes after 1 p.m. are still on or not.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has closed state office.

It is likely many businesses will also close. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation issued a release on Wednesday cautioning residents to stay home if possible on Thursday.

“The public is strongly advised not to drive tomorrow and work from home if possible and if that is not an option, travelers are encouraged to make informed and safe decisions before they head out onto the roadways,’ the release states.

On Wednesday the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Storm Warning for the most of southern New England, including Middlesex County in Massachusetts. This is an upgrade from the Winter Storm Watch that was issued on Tuesday.

The warning states that heavy snow will fall on Thursday with possible accumulation of 8 to 14 inches. The snowfall will begin sometime between 5 and 8 a.m. and will fall heavy at times throughout the day, the NWS says. It will taper off to snow showers early Thursday evening.

The warning also says that there will be a north wind between 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts as fast as 45 mph.

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