As Braintree braces for up to two feet of snow, town officials will be meeting throughout the next two days to decide how to proceed.
“The town’s major concern at this point is going to be implementation of the parking ban,” said Peter Morin, director of operations and staff.
The town will impose an on-street parking ban from Friday at noon until Saturday at 6 p.m. Residents who don’t have driveways are encouraged to make alternative accommodations for their cars.
Elsewhere, the town is making sure all their equipment is in place, and is hiring additional contractors to assist with snow removal.
As for power outages, Braintree Electic Light Department has been doing maintenance and tree trimming throughout the course of the year to limit the impact of any storms. If outages do occur, Morin said the municipal department would be fast acting.
“Because we have a municipal department, we’re not dependent on vehicles coming from other towns. We’ve got our own staff that responds quickly,” he said.
According to Michael Page, author of HinghamWeather.com, the storm is a compilation of weather systems that should provide problematic for much of the South Shore.
“I think Braintree and Quincy will see more snow being further from the coastline. Hingham and Scituate will probably mix with rain early in the storm on Friday,” Page said. “Once you get over a foot, I don’t know how much it maters, but they will get more than places like Hingham and Scituate.”
Page’s projections for total snowfall of 10 to 15 inches were a bit more conservative than some others, but without question, he said communities could expect at least a foot of snow.
The cause is an energy system moving out of the Great Lakes, which will combine with an existing storm moving up the coast from the south. The two will collide off the New England coastline.
Combined with a cold area of high pressure in Canada – what has been missing for the last two years – residents could expect to see much more snow that they have had in the last two winters.
With projections like those, Braintree residents should prepare as best they can, Morin said.
“They should just do normal preparation, they should make sure they’ve got supplies in place, medicine in place. If there are individuals with oxygen or other medical needs, that need addressing, they should make sure they let police or fire dept know in advance of the storm, so if there is difficulty they can be prioritized,” he said.
For additional updates, check the town’s website. Morin said the town will also use the reverse 9-1-1 system if measures warrant.