Though attempts to confirm through the Board of Health offices were unsuccessful with City Hall closed, according to one resident, the answer is yes.
Woburn Patch Facebook follower AnnMarie Heimlich said her trash was just picked up this morning, which indicates that city workers are out on the streets despite the storm.
Updated Thursday at 10:15 p.m.: To recap where things stand as of late Thursday night, there are several offices that will remain closed on Friday as a result of the first storm of 2014.
The city's snow emergency will remain in place through 12 p.m. on Friday. In addition, state government offices will be closed all day, and Woburn Public Schools are closed as well.
City officials and firefighters continue to request that residents help prepare for potential emergencies by clearing out the area surrounding fire hydrants.
Updated Thursday at 7:15 p.m.: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced Thursday night that the state government will be shut down on Friday as a result of the storm.
In addition, Patrick said that private employers are encouraged to keep employees home for the day as well. He also warned residents to prepare for freezing temperatures.
Updated Thursday at 5:15 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for parts of the state. To find out exactly where, you can click this updating map.
Updated Thursday at 5:08 p.m.: According to a Woburn Patch tweeter, the Woburn Mall will close today at 6:30 p.m.
Updated Thursday at 3:19 p.m.: Woburn City Hall closed early on Thursday, shutting down at 3 p.m. All evening events have also been postponed.
Updated Thursday at 12:50 p.m.: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said during a press conference on Thursday that state offices will close at 3 p.m. While Patrick does recommend private businesses let their workers out early for the day, he will not be closing the state's roads.
"This is for the safety of people and for the ease of keeping up with the clearing of roads," said Patrick during a noon press conference Thursday.
Several Woburn residents have reported via social media on Thursday that they have witnessed multiple spin outs on the roads throughout the city.
Updated Thursday at 11:47 a.m.: A Woburn firefighter reached out to Patch to ask residents to please lend a hand in shoveling out fire hydrants in the city. This will help make sure firefighters will have easy access to the hydrants in case of an emergency.
"It would be a big help," the firefighter said.
Updated at 10:20 a.m.: Despite the snow, Woburn's Department of Public Works told a Patch Facebook follower that their employees remain out on the streets working to keep trash collection on schedule as much as possible.
Updated Thursday at 10 a.m.: According to WBUR, flights in and out of Logan Airport are expected to end Thursday at 8:30 p.m. due to snow and will resume sometime Friday.
Updated Thursday at 9:27 a.m.: Massachusetts State Police are asking drivers to stay home if possible due to slick road conditions.
"Roads are just going to get more snow covered," State Police tweeted. "If you don't have to go out, stay in today. Let the plows do their job."
In Woburn, emergency personnel were called to Mishawum Road and Commerce Way at the exit from I-95 just after 8 a.m. Woburn Patch Twitter follower Scott Wholley shared a photo of the vehicle, which was resting completely on its side.
Original Story, Thursday at 5 a.m.: Get your shovels ready, Woburn. You're going to need them.
The first storm of 2014 is underway as the initial flakes began falling after midnight on Thursday. During the day on Thursday there will be some accumulation, though much of the snow will come Thursday night into Friday before the storm ends by Friday afternoon.
Below is what you need to know about this week's significant winter storm. We will be updating this storm center article throughout the storm, so be sure to check back throughout.
Storm Coverage and Tips
- Emergency Tips for Handling Extreme Cold
- Governor: State Offices Close at 3 p.m., Highways Remain Open
- Where's the Best Sledding in Woburn?
- How to Prepare Your Car for Winter Driving
- Safe Winter Driving Tips
- Share Your Snow Photos on Patch
- Blizzard Warning for Parts of Massachusetts
How much snow is Woburn expected to get Thursday and Friday? Here are the projections as of Thursday at 5 a.m.
- National Weather Service: 10-14 inches
- Channel 4, WBZ: 10-14+ inches
- Channel 5, WCVB: 9-15 inches
- Channel 7, WHDH: 8-12 inches
- Channel 25, FOX: 10-14 inches
In case you missed it, Woburn Public Schools are closed for Thursday and Friday. Students won't return from winter break until Monday.
"After considering all of the factors in play, I have decided to close schools on both Thursday and Friday," Superintendent of Schools Mark Donovan tweeted just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Snow Emergency Declared Goes Into Effect
If you normally park your vehicle on the street, you're going to need to make alternative plans on Thursday and Friday.
According to the Woburn Police Department's Twitter feed, a snow emergency has been declared in the city, which impacts where you can park.
"Snow emergency declared for noontime (Thursday) until midnight Friday. No parking on either side of the street. Municipal lots may be used," police tweeted.
Woburn Emergency Contacts
- In case of an emergency, dial 911
- Woburn Police Department - 781-933-1212
- Woburn Fire Department - 781-932-4560
- National Grid power outages: 800-465-1212
- National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
- NStar: Report a power outage website
- Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
- Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)
- RCN: 1-866-TECH-RCN (1-866-832-4726)
- MBTA Anderson/Woburn station: service updates
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