METHUEN — The city and its schools intend to be open Tuesday as public works crews push to widen the roads and have the City Hall lot cleared.

Mayor Stephen Zanni said City Hall will be open Tuesday, though on an hour delay to give public works a chance to remove snow from the parking lot. The School Department announced Monday afternoon it planned to have school on Tuesday.

A parking ban will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday for snow removal.

Zanni and public works Director Patrick Bower said plowing has been manageable during a storm that was less intense than the previous two.

"This was forecast as a long duration storm and it's lived up to that," Bower said. "There were periods where snowfall was dramatic, but we've kept the work force out through the duration. When we have the lulls we catch up and when we have the bursts we continue to battle."

Bower said public works employees have kept on top of the main streets and contractors have been working on the side streets. Tuesday will be spent hauling the snow away. "This isn't the last storm," he said. "We still have a few weeks until spring has sprung."

The hauling, like the effort last weekend, also will be done with an eye toward the next storms, forecast for Thursday and next weekend. Temperatures are expected to plunge into the teens for a high Friday with sub-zero lows over the weekend.

"We haven't had any power outages and that's very important," Zanni said. "Two things we're bracing for is potential of another storm in a few days and the second part of that is the cold spell, below zero for a few days".

No pipes have burst during the recent storm, and city officials said more people are adhering to the parking ban.

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