Belmont is shutting down.
In preparation of the blizzard heading our way, the town has been cancelling many major functions and preparing for the big blow coming on Friday and Saturday from what some are calling a historic Nor'easter.
Remember, for any calls regarding the blizzard: Belmont Snow Emergency number: 617-993-2698.
UPDATE: The vehicle ban is being lifted at 4 p.m.; maybe not the best time as many people will be walking on Belmont streets, many without passable sidewalks.
UIPDATE: Snow has stopped, the snow blowers are ... blowing and people are walking on the street.
UPDATE: No word on stores, shops opening but don't bet on it unless the owners live in town.
UPDATE: Despite the wind and snow, it's shocking that no one has lost power in the blizzard, but that's the word according to the Municipal Light Department.
UPDATE: "There's a lot of snow out there," said BPD Lt. Santangelo. So far, only helping wandering/stranded people and towing cars over night for Belmont Police.
UPDATE: Shaw's closed at 3 p.m. and will open on Saturday after a determination is made on safety for employees and customers.
UPDATE: Winds at 30 mph and snow coming down at one-inch an hour - sideways.
UPDATE: Despite cars being ordered off the road and the T shutting down at 3:30 p.m., employees at CVS said they are staying open until its scheduled closing; 9 p.m. on Leonard Street and 10 p.m. on Trapelo Road.
UPDATE: They will not be taking tolls on the Mass Pike after 2 p.m.
UPDATE: Logan's last departure is at 3 p.m.; closed until Sunday
UPDATE: Gov. Patrick: "I have signed an executive order banning vehicle traffic effective at 4 p.m. today." One exception: The Press. Go figure.
UPDATE: Subway in Belmont Center is closing at 2 p.m. and the Post Office on Concord Avenue is shutting its window at 3 p.m.
UPDATE: Also closing at noon: Starbucks in Cushing Square.
UPDATE: The Belmont Public Library is closing at noon.
Belmont Schools are closed and all school-related events are cancelled.
Town offices will be closing at noon.
The town has declared a snow emergency that will go in effect from 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 until Saturday, Feb. 9. at 8 p.m. All cars on the street or in municipal and school lots will be towed so stash those vehicles somewhere.
The Belmont Department of Public Works Winter Storm brochure can be downloaded and viewed here.
The MBTA announced that all bus, subway and commuter rail service will stop at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The last commuter rail train from Boston's North Station on the Fitchburg/South Acton line will be the No. 465 departing at 3 p.m.
The Senior Book Discussion Group meeting at 11 a.m. at the Beech Street Center (the Belmont Senior Center) has been cancelled due to the storm. It has been re-scheduled to Friday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at the Beech Street Center; we will discuss "A Farewell to Arms," by Ernest Hemingway.
Belmont will have phones staffed at various departments to answer service calls or questions during most of the day Friday and Saturday. They include:Police or Fire – Emergencies ONLY 911 Police – Non-emergencies 617-484-1212 Fire – Non-emergencies 617-484-1300 Belmont Municipal Light Department 617-993-2800 Belmont Department of Public Works 617-993-2680
The Belmont Municipal Light Department will be responding to calls of electrical outages that occur throughout the town by calling the telephone number abover. BMLD General Manager Jim Palmer said the department has the capacity to add additional crews as warranted by the severity of the storm.
DPW personnel will be directed to clear trees or branches impeding traffic so roadways can be kept open for public safety vehicles. They will also clear public grates and drains to prevent street flooding.
Gov. Deval Patrick has asked drivers to stay off the road after noon on Friday, and asked all non-emergency state employees to stay home on Friday.
Logan Airport will also be shutdown, starting Friday afternoon through Saturday, according to the Boston Globe. MassPort, which runs the airport, recommends checking with your airline to see if it is cancelled. Click here for contact numbers.