Update: Snow, Winds to Batter Braintree on Wednesday
The National Weather Service is predicting as much as 13 inches of snow in Braintree on Wednesday as 20 - 30 mph winds also hit the area.
UPDATE 10:00 p.m.: At 6 p.m., Braintree families received a recorded message telling them school is cancelled on Wednesday, Jan. 12, according to the high school website.
Keep tuned to Braintree Patch in the morning for more storm coverage, and be safe if you're out in the streets. Send us your snow pictures by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post them and credit you.
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UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Mayor Joseph Sullivan announced a parking ban on the town's website, in effect at midnight and remaining on until further notice.
Also, residents with questions about trash and recycling pick-up should call Capitol Waste at 617-569-1718.
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Somebody didn't knock on wood last weekend. Just two weeks after the Boxing Day Blizzard and a few days after a light snowfall, Braintree is the target of the white stuff once again.
The National Weather Service, in a Winter Storm Warning, predicts that the town will receive more than a foot of snow between early Wednesday morning and Thursday, with accumulation starting after 3 a.m. tonight.
Winds are expected to hold between 24 and 29 mph and temperatures just below freezing. The blizzard conditions mean the Braintree Fire Department will keep two extra firefighters on staff, Chief Kevin Murphy said on Tuesday afternoon. There will also be an extra Fallon ambulance stationed at the Highlands branch.
Department of Public Works Director Thomas Whalen said it is business as usual for his agency, and expects to get plenty use out of his plows.
Town Hall, along with other offices and schools, may close on Wednesday, but those decisions will be made nearer to the arrival of the storm later tonight and in the morning.
Even though the boys and girls hockey teams compete on ice, the storm is forcing them to wait a few days to take on Framingham. Braintree High School boys' varsity, originally scheduled to play on Wednesday evening, will compete on Thursday at 6:40 p.m. at Randolph’s Zapustas Ice Arena.
Girls' varsity ice hockey travels to Framingham on Friday instead of Wednesday. They play at 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 14 instead, athletic director Mike Denise said in an email. Basketball, gymnastics and wrestling competitions scheduled for Tuesday night have not been delayed.
Archbishop Williams High School girls' varsity hockey against Auburn High School on Wednesday has been postponed, athletic director Joseph Francis said in an email. Other hockey and basketball games scheduled for Wednesday have not been cancelled, though they may be if school is not held.
Recycling coordinator Jeffrey Kunz said that all refuse pick-up has been cancelled for Wednesday and all pick-ups for the rest of the week will be delayed a day. For instance, Wednesday on Thursday and Thursday on Friday.
"This is different than the last storm when we tried to stay on schedule and ‘catch up’ on the missed route," Kunz said in an email. "With the advance warning for this storm, we follow the tried and true practice of delay."
Mike Rubin contributed to this report.