A sloggy mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will put an icy coat on snow-packed roads during the late-morning commute, clog street drains and weigh down rooftops still bearing the burden of the weekend blizzard, forecasters warned yesterday.
Public schools throughout the region – including in Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill, North Andover and Andover – will remain closed today, adding to the snow day students and staff got on Friday. Several private schools, including Central Catholic in Lawrence, also stayed shut.
“All of our buildings are open, in good shape and ready to go,” Haverhill schools Superintendent James Scully said yesterday, noting that school and city laborers worked through the weekend to clear roads, sidewalks and parking lots. “The problem is the forecast.”
The MBTA, which shut its subway, commuter rail and bus lines as the blizzard arrived Friday evening, is expected to restore full service this morning after a shutdown that began as the first flakes fell Friday afternoon. But MBTA officials warned riders to be patient as some problems may persist. U.S. Mail deliveries also are scheduled to resume today. They were canceled Saturday.
The Blizzard of 2013 was the winter storm of the still-young century, burying the Merrimack Valley in as much as 30 inches of snow and piling up drifts more than twice that high. But unless you lost power or live by the beach – including Plum Island and Salisbury, where several homes were slammed by the surging sea - the storm was not much more than an inconvenience locally, although it was no sleigh ride.
“I think we did fairly well, but we got 80,000 people who have an opinion,” said John Isensee, Lawrence’s acting public works commissioner, as he headed back to work at 10:30 last night to continue overseeing the clean up.”Certainly we did better than in 1978.”