EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


January 4, 2014

It's now the calm after the storm

As area residents began cleaning up and shoveling out from the storm yesterday, the biggest complaints and challenges were the freezing temperatures, slippery roads and finding ways to keep children busy.

Local communities reported various snow totals from 9 inches in Atkinson, N.H. to 18 inches in Lawrence to 23 inches in Boxford.

Gusts of up to 30 mph were reported throughout the region during the worst of the storm Thursday night. Wind chills of up to minus 25 degrees were also reported - cold enough to cause frostbite in about 30 minutes or less.

Despite the strong winds, only 1,000 power outages were reported statewide, state officials said. The lack of power outages was attributed to the light, wispy constituency of snow.

Local forecasts called for temperatures to reach minus 10 degrees last night, but were expected to climb into the teens starting this afternoon. Perhaps the best news of the day: Forecasters are predicting temperatures could reach 50 degrees Monday.

Police and fire departments throughout the region reported a few fender benders, but no major problems.

“A lot of people stayed off the roads and a lot of companies and offices closed. People were prepared,” said Andover Police Lt. William Ouellette.

In Methuen, Police Capt. Randy Haggar echoed similar sentiments saying “people heeded the weather warnings and took the precautions necessary to allow the city to work full force in keeping the streets clear.”

There was a minor crash involving a Methuen police cruiser yesterday morning. It slid down a hill on Baltic Street and struck a guardrail at 7:45 a.m., Haggar said. There were no injuries and the cruiser sustained minor damage to the front bumper, he said.

“This general area did not see the depth other areas, such as Boxford, received,” Haggar said.

In Haverhill, officials reported few problems but said the city’s snow emergency, which limits parking on roads to the odd side of the street, would remain in effect until 8 a.m. today.

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