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Snow closes Arlington schools; town offices remote

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There is no school in Arlington on Friday, Jan. 7, and all town offices will be closed, as the town braces for potentially 6 to 8 inches of snow.

Town services will be available remotely (online and phone).

This includes the following offices:

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500K lose power after Nor'easter blows through

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UPDATED, Oct. 27: An estimated 500,000 customers — some in Arlington, but many from the South Shore to the tip of the Cape — were without power Wednesday, OIct. 27, after a wicked nor'easter blew through Massachusetts, YourArlington partner Patch reports.

See the statewide outage map >>

The storm damage forced schools to cancel or delay classes, affected morning commutes and forced a warning to stay off the roads.

More than two dozen communities have at least 80 percent of their power customers without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Some towns, like Hingham, Norwell, Abington and even on the North Shore like Hamilton and Essex, are 100 percent in the dark as of 8 a.m. In Plymouth alone, 26,900 customers are experiencing outages.

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Town safety tips to address extreme heat

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Extreme heat is a prolonged period of very hot weather, which may include high humidity. In Massachusetts, a "heat wave" is usually defined as a period of three or more consecutive days above 90 °F, YourArlington partner Patch reported from a town news release.

Town officials recommend residents be careful during extended periods of extreme heat and offered these safety tips:

• If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so your body temperature will have a chance to recover. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

• Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.

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Long-duration snow continues in region

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UPDATED, Feb. 19: A winter weather advisory is in effect for Boston and eastern Massachusetts until midnight tonight, and for central and western parts of the state and all of Rhode Island until 7 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service, reports Feb. 19.

Expected snow totals for the long-duration event have been reduced from six to eight inches in an area that includes Arlington. They could reach between one and three inches, with an additional two to four inches possible in eastern parts of the state.

Forecasters are warning travel could be difficult and hazardous conditions could impact Friday morning commute. The storm is considered a low-intensity, long-duration weather event, and snow is expected to fall on and off into Friday night and early Saturday morning in some areas.

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More snow closed some schools early

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UPDATED, Feb. 9: The third storm in eight days added three inches of snow in Arlington, with temperatures below freezing.

Students participating in hybrid learning will be released early. All schools were dismissed at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, according to the Arlington Public Schools.

Any elementary programs that run between 1:45 and 2:30 p.m. were canceled, while Remote Academy had a regular school day.

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Schools reopen as Nor'easter ends; snowfall amounts vary

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UPDATED, Feb. 2: The first Nor'easter of 2021 continued Tuesday, Feb. 2, closing schools in town.

But the storm was winding down, and so the town's snow emergency/parking ban, in effect after 1 p.m. Monday, ended at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Check for updates.

Forecasts call for eight to 12 inches of snow to fall in the Arlington area, Patch, a YourArlington partner, has reported Feb. 2. The National Weather Service reports 8.5 inches have fallen in Middlesex County. A map on shows 17.5 inches fell in Lexington as of 9:05 a.m. Feb. 2. Arlington shows 3.5 inches as of 7 a.m.

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Cleanup continues after Nor'easter piles up at least 17" of snow here

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UPDATED, Dec. 19: A major storm crossing the Midwest this week turned into the seasons' first Nor'easter as hit New England late on Wednesday, Dec, 16.

Snow began falling across Massachusetts by 11 p.m., and by the time it is to end midday Thursday, most parts of the state will get 8 to 14 inches, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service in Boston, as reported by Arlington Patch, a YourArlington partner.

See snow totals at the National Weather Service site. At 10:45 a.m. Dec. 17 Arlington reported 11 inches, but residents told YourArlington that they received about 14 inches. But Joan Smeltzer of East Arlington reported 17 inches, and provided the photo at left to prove it.

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Snow storm hit harder elsewhere

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UPDATED, Dec. 6: As town officials and public works monitored the snow storm Saturday, Dec. 5, NBC Boston predicted more than 12 inches of snow in the region.

That occurred in Worcester County, but the area around Arlington had much less. The National Weather Service does not list Arlington, but says Lexington had 1.8 and Bedford 2 inches.

The town warned of worsening conditions increasing the chances of power outages, downed trees and flooding, but slippery streets were cleared by Sunday, Dec. 6.

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Strong winds rip down trees in town

UPDATED, April 14: High winds and heavy rain ripped through the state throughout the day Monday, April 13, bringing down power wires and causing outages for more than 100,000 Massachusetts residents.

Tree down at Lockland, Wildwood, Field. / Bob Bartholomew photo

Widespread power outages began in the morning and stretched throughout the day, with more than 119,500 electric customers without power about 8 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, reported.  Outages were sporadic in various parts of Arlington, as Turkey Hill lost power for about 45 minutes, with restoration at 3:50 p.m.

At right, Arlington resident Bob Bartholomew snapped this shot through his car window of a tree down at "the triangle" --at Lockland, Wildwood and Field. See other photos of downed trees in Arlington on Facebook >> and here >>

The daily Arlington police log for April 13 lists 16 instances of "tree down." 

Communities south and west of Boston and south of Worcester were the hardest hit on a per-population scale. 

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