Update Friday, February 10th:
Medford’s Snow Emergency has been lifted as of 11:30 AM. Our Department of Public Works is asking residents of side streets to continue parking on the even side only where possible for the rest of the afternoon. This will make it easier for work crews to continue the cleanup where necessary. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation.
Update 3:26 PM Thursday, February 9, 2017
The Medford Public Schools will be closed on Friday, February 10, 2017 due to the blizzard and need to properly clean our streets, school buildings, and parking lots for safe passage to and from school. Please be safe!
Medford City Hall is closed Thursday due to the snow storm.
Snow Emergency in Effect as of 7:00 am Thursday, February, 9, 2017 Until Further Notice
All vehicles must be parked on the EVEN side of the street unless otherwise posted or exempted. All emergency arteries will have no parking until the snow emergency is lifted. Vehicles parked in violation shall be ticketed and towed.
This will make easier for our DPW to properly clean the streets with their equipment. We need to keep the roads accessible for emergency vehicles. As always, we appreciate your cooperation.
The following streets are designated as emergency arteries and parking is not allowed during a snow emergency:
Boston Avenue, Central Avenue, College Avenue from George Street to Boston Avenue, Forest Street, Fulton Street, George Street, Governors Avenue, Grove Street, Hancock Street, Harvard Avenue, Harvard Street, High Street, Lawrence Road, Main Street, Medford Street, Mystic Avenue from Main Street to Crescent Street, Playstead Road, Riverside Avenue, Salem Street, Spring Street, Washington Street, Webster Street, Willis Avenue, Winthrop Street and Woburn Street.
No Trash Pick-up Thursday; Trash Pick-up Delayed One Day
Waste Management will not pick up trash on Thursday, February 9 due to the storm. Trash pick-up throughout the city will be pushed back a day.
Snow Policies and Procedures
A snow emergency may be declared based on existing snow and predicted snow fall with pedestrian & public safety in mind. City officials will closely monitor storm forecasts through various channels and once a decision is made, we will provide necessary information to the community. Once a snow emergency is declared, residents will be notified via multiple lines of communication as provided below.
It’s an Even Side Parking Year
Please note that during a snow emergency this season parking is allowed on the even-numbered side of the street only unless otherwise noted.
Communication of a Snow Emergency
Alerts: Citywide alerts issued by phone, email, and/or text message to subscribed users. Community members are urged to subscribe to this system to receive updated information about these and other important messages from the City.
Local media: Information is distributed to local and regional print, radio and TV news media for posting to their sites.
City website: Alerts posted to the City website homepage
A Message from Our Schools
On Wednesday morning the unexpected flash freezing complicated bus routes and all forms of travel to our schools.
We appreciate the efforts of the DPW and school personnel to respond to the issues that occurred during the commute. We recognize that this morning may have been unsettling for parents and students but a late cancellation of school would have caused difficulty as parents would have had to scramble to find coverage for their children. No student will be marked tardy for arriving late to school today.
Our complex busing routes keep us from having delayed school openings. Further, since today was a half day, a delayed opening would have made the instructional day entirely too short.
It is always our priority to ensure safety for our students and staff. We thank all of you who assisted us this morning in transporting students to school. We are working with our bus company and others to review today’s events so that if any modifications are possible, we will incorporate them going forward.
Once again thank you for your understanding and patience.
NO SCHOOL Thursday, February 9, 2017
The latest weather forecasts for Thursday indicate that we’re going to be dealing with a severe winter storm. Snow accumulation is expected to be up to one foot.
Therefore, we are making the decision early today to cancel the Medford Public Schools for Thursday, February 9, 2017. We want to give everyone sufficient time to make alternative plans and to ensure the safety of our school community.
We will evaluate weather and cleanup conditions on Thursday to determine if school is feasible on Friday, February 10, 2017. An appropriate announcement will be forthcoming once sufficient information is available to us.
We ask that older, capable youth assist elderly neighbors and the infirm with snow removal. Please shovel your sidewalks after the storm so our students will have safe passage to school and to bus stops.
For our history buffs, this week is the anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978, which paralyzed the Commonweath for over a week.
Stay safe and warm!