Lynn City Hall- Office of the Mayor
Official Press Release
Blizzard Watch for Essex County
Contact- Mary Chalmers Fountain Thursday, February 7, 2013
Public Information Officer 3 p.m.
There is a Blizzard Watch for Essex County and a snow emergency will be in effect at 7 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2013. Public Safety and City agencies as well as additional organizations are coordinating their efforts and planning for contingencies, should they occur.
The current prediction from the National Weather Service includes wet, heavy snow amounts from 1-2 feet with light snow starting by daybreak on Friday, February 8th and ending Saturday, February 9th in the evening. The storm is expected to increase in intensity between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday afternoon with the possibility of 2-4 inches of snow falling per hour.
There is a parking ban in effect at 7 a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013. Parking will not be permitted on any street or sidewalk. Ticketing and towing of vehicles found to be on any public street or sidewalk will be strictly enforced starting at 7 a.m. Friday.
Parking is available at the following city lots on Friday, February 8th at 7 a.m. until Sunday, February 10th at 9 a.m.: Brickett School, Callahan School, English High School, Ford School, Harrington School, Ingalls School, Sisson School and Tech High School. Parking is also available at the Ellis Street Municipal Lot (School Street side) and the MBTA Garage at the intersection of Broad and Market streets (parking charge of $4 per vehicle). Vehicles in the lots after 9 a.m. on Sunday will be subject to ticketing and towing.
If your vehicle is towed, it can be claimed at the Harding Street lot located off of the Lynnway near Sonny’s Car Wash.
Lynn Public Schools will be closed on Friday, February 8, 2013.
Trash collection will remain on schedule for Friday, February 8, 2013.
Mayor Kennedy urges residents to be prepared in the event of large amounts of snowfall, widespread power outages and coastal flooding. High winds are expected to cause snowdrifts up to 5 feet on top of accumulated snow. Wind gusts are expected to be between 45 and 60 miles per hour. Due to the predicted wind speeds, if power is lost the utility restoration may be prolonged. Coastal flooding for the City of Lynn is a concern during the 9:45 p.m. tide on Friday night and the 10:02 a.m. high tide on Saturday.
Residents are kindly reminded to keep away from coast lines during the high tide times. Motorists are encourages to stay off of the roadways Friday afternoon. Fines will be given to residents who throw snow into the streets.
The City of Lynn will have a non-emergency call center that will be open 24 hours during the storm. For non-emergency calls, please call the Department of Public Works at (781) 268-8000. For emergencies, please call 911.
Find preparedness tips for the upcoming storm on the following link:
Lynn City Hall will have an updated press release in the afternoon on Friday, February 8, 2013.
Mary Chalmers Fountain
Office of Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy
3 City Hall Square, Room 306
Lynn, MA 01901