Thursday, January 27, 2011

Storm Adds Another Foot To Snow Totals

BROCKTON--Bob's Big Breakfast on E. Ashland Street Thursday morning was a popular place for utility crews to grab an egg sandwich, coffee or quick meal after another winter storm covered the region with sleet and snow.
For the fourth time this month, the region shoveled and plowed out more than a foot of snow in most areas, a pattern of winter weather that forecasters have said put this winter in the top 10 of snowfall for most areas. The last storm, Friday, Jan. 22dropped 6 inches or more around the region.
During this latest storm, snow began to fall early afternoon Jan. 26, but in the early morning Thursday, Jan. 27 snowfall was up to one-to two-inches per hour with gusty wind of 10 to 15 mph.
At 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Brockton had at least 12 inches of snow as the sun broke through the clouds.
The National Weather Service reports Brockton with 13 inches, Bridgewater with 6, Rockland with 10, North Attleboro with 15 and Milford with 16.4.
Area schools, including Brockton were closed today, along with public libraries.
A section of Montello, Lawrence, Grove and Arch streets were closed as public works crews repaired a water main break.
At 10 a.m. this morning city officials opened a warming shelter at the Council on Aging, 10 Father Kenney Way, for any residents who might need the service. The center will be open until 4 p.m.
National Grid has reported only 178 power outages throughout Massachusetts. At noon today, Brockton had no customers without electricity.
A handful of residents in Abington, Halifax, Norwell and Scituate are without power and a statement on National Grid's website states crews are working to restore power as soon as possible. In National Grid's service area customers Everett has the most without electricity with 97, followed by Nantucket with 70.

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