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Merrimack Valley

March 8, 2013

SNOWPRISE! Area whacked with almost a foot of snow overnight


Police said the traffic light patterns along Main Street from White's Corner north to City Hall were changed to all yellow blinking lights so that drivers heading up the hill towards City Hall would not have to stop then start again. Police said the city alters the traffic light pattern at these intersections during every major snowstorm to allow the traffic to flow without interruption.

Most schools in the area were closed today. No widespread power outages were reported in the area.

Northern Essex Community College and UMass Lowell were closed.

Haverhill public library closed.

Haverhill police responded to six traffic accidents between midnight and 11 a.m. Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said most of those accidents involved cars that went off the road. No injuries were reported.

David Van Dam, Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini's chief of staff, said the Highway Department began salting last night at 10 to pre-treat the roads. At around 4 a.m., when the snow reached a depth of about three inches, the city called in about 155 private plows in addition to eight city plows as well as one sidewalk plow and one sidewalk snow thrower. "We will start salting again after the storm winds down," Van Dam said.

Police departments throughout the region have been busy this morning.

In Methuen, a car slid into a pole on Hampshire Road near Filbert Street at about 7 a.m.

Methuen Fired Department said one person was transported with a head injury to Lawrence General Hospital.

Methuen Police said they have responded to more than a dozen calls reporting collisions and cars sliding off the road. They were minor, though, and did not result in injury. Lt. James Jajuga, Jr. said State Police is assisting Methuen in responding to calls on Route 213.

In Lawrence, Police Chief John Romero said the police responded to five crashes since the storm started at about 12:30 a.m.

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