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Snow causes limited closures, delays in Quincy

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 22, 2014 09:04 AM

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More than seven inches of snowfall caused delays along the Red Line Wednesday morning and closed Quincy Public Schools, yet the storm hadn’t hampered much of the city’s operations.

“I think we’ve had a lot of snow and [the city is] getting better [at handling it],” said Quincy City Councilor Margaret Laforest.

Although the Quincy District Court delayed its opening to 10 a.m., the Thomas Crane Public Library operated with normal hours on Wednesday. Quincy City Hall was also up and running by 8:30 a.m.

The South Shore YMCA had delays to some Early Learning programs and canceled their Nature Center preschool program, but set up a Snow Day program at the Eastern Nazarene College Old Colony Campus starting at 9 a.m.

A snow emergency, put into effect at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, shut down major streets to parking and restricted parking on neighborhood streets.

Yet even that disruption had a positive effect. Laforest said the only snow-related phone call she had received Wednesday morning was from a resident pleased with the plowing.

Quincy made it through a 3 a.m. high tide with no coastal flooding. Despite the National Weather Service reporting wind gusts as high as 25 miles per hour, there were no reported power outages, according to a National Grid Outage Map.

The National Weather Service had still issued a Winter Storm Warning for Quincy through 1 p.m. An additional inch per hour could accumulate throughout mid-morning, making roads slippery and limiting visibility.

Wind gusts were expected to be as high as 35 miles per hour.

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