Worcester Dodges the Bullet: Minimal Snowfall from Recent Nor'easter
Worcester Escapes the Worst of the Nor'easter
Worcester, Massachusetts, known for its heavy winter snowfall, was fortunately spared the brunt of the recent nor'easter. Initial forecasts predicted up to 18 inches of snow, but the city received only about 5 inches, avoiding the disruption and chaos that usually accompanies such storms.
Nearby Communities and Infrastructure Affected
While Worcester was lucky, nearby communities were not as fortunate. They received more snow, prompting school closures and parking bans that were eventually lifted due to the minimal impact of the storm. Worcester City Hall and trash pickup were closed for the day, while state Registry of Motor Vehicles branches were also shut down. However, the city's Department of Public Works remained vigilant, deploying salt and sander trucks from midnight to keep the roads clear.
Despite the reduced snowfall, a crash involving a plow truck on Route 2 left a Gardner man with serious injuries. This incident serves as a reminder that even minor snowstorms can pose risks and require caution.
Residents' Reactions: Relief and Envy
Worcester residents expressed relief that the snowfall was not as severe as initially predicted. They took the opportunity to clear their driveways and sidewalks, with some expressing happiness at the chance to enjoy the snow. Others, however, envied areas that received more snowfall. Despite the minimal impact of this storm, Worcester residents are aware that they may not be so lucky during future snowstorms.
Mayor Joseph Petty stated that the city only expects 1 to 3 inches of snow, with roads being treated and plows clearing the roads. He advised residents to stay home to allow for the roads to be treated and to watch out for icy conditions.
In summary, Worcester, Massachusetts, was fortunate to avoid the worst of the recent nor'easter. The city received only about 5 inches of snow, compared to the initial forecast of up to 18 inches. Despite the reduced snowfall, the city's Department of Public Works remained vigilant, ensuring that roads were treated and cleared. Residents expressed relief and happiness at the minimal snowfall, but some also expressed envy of areas that received more snow. As always, Worcester residents are aware that they may not be so lucky during future snowstorms.