Region – Here are the latest updates from around the region as of Friday, Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m.:??
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) – A ban on motor vehicle travel beginning at 4:00 p.m. today and continuing until further notice has been issued. There are exceptions for public safety vehicles and public safety workers, including contract personnel; public works vehicles and public works workers, including contract personnel; government officials conducting official business; utility company vehicles and utility workers; healthcare workers who must travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services; news media; travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies and delivery, financial systems and the delivery of critical commodities; travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores.
?Please do NOT call 911 for questions about travel ban. 911 lines are needed for emergency calls.
?Northborough Police Department – ?Friday, 2:00 p.m. update: Light snow falling; 25 degrees at the Lincoln Street School; roads are snow covered. Two additional motor vehicle accidents to report. A car struck a utility pole at the corner of South Street and Cedar Hill Road at 12:56 p.m. and another car struck a utility pole on West Main Street near the SteakLoft Restaurant. Fortunately there were no injuries in either collision.
?Westborough Police Department – All non- essential vehicular traffic is required to be off the roadways as of 4:00 PM Friday. The Town of Westborough has issued a storm emergency as of 6:00 PM Friday. There will be no on street parking allowed. Any vehicles found to be impeding snow removal will be tagged and towed.
?Marlborough – All cars need to be off the street. Cars will be towed at the owner's expense. Limited parking is available in the downtown parking garages.
?National Grid – A total of more than 1,600 National Grid and outside line and tree crews will respond to any outages in Mass. and Rhode Island. Approximately 500 wires down personnel are also ready to go to work. Materials have been pre-staged across both states and company officials are working closely with state and local emergency management personnel and a community liaison has been assigned to every city and town the company serves in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Customers who depend on electric life support equipment, such as a respirator, and who have registered with National Grid, have been called and told to take appropriate precautions in case there are lengthy outages after the storm. The Customer Service center is fully staffed, and hundreds of other personnel are hard at work providing logistics, fleet, material, lodging, engineering, communication and other support services.
Hudson ?Registered Democrats in Hudson will be holding a caucus at the Hudson Fire Department Headquarters, 296 Cox Street, on Saturday, March 9 at 1:15 p.m. instead of tomorrow, Feb. 9.
Shrewsbury ? The Chinese Spring Festival to be held at the Sherwood Middle School Sunday, Feb. 10 has been cancelled.
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