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DPW Prepared for Possible Weekend Storm

North Reading could see another six to 12 inches this weekend.

Just when the snow from the blizzard of '13 was starting to melt, more may be on the way. According to WHDH Meteorologist Jeremy Reiner's latest weather blog post, we may see another six to 12 inches this weekend.

"The reason being, our stormy pattern rolls on and our next storm takes aim on New England for the upcoming weekend. At this time here's what I'm thinking: Certainly looks like a plowable snow for much of southern New England (You want a number don't you?----OK----6-12" seems like a good starting point)," Reiner said.

According to his timeline, the snow will start around 3 p.m. Saturday and will continue into Sunday morning.

"Coastal flooding could be a concern for the 10 a.m. high tide on Sunday morning---the tide heights will not be as high as they were during the blizzard," he said.

At least the DPW is ready for the possible storm. According to DPW Director Richard Carnevale, they have the equipment, sand and salt ready to go if the storm hits this weekend.

"“We are prepared either way," he said.

The department exceeded the snow and ice budget of $175,000 before the blizzard of '13, but was able to get authorization from the selectmen to spend more, Carnevale told Patch.

They have to be prudent with tax payers money, but the weather dictates how much they have to spend, he said.

According to Carnevale, the snow and ice budget was spent on overtime; contractors; buying sand and salt, which is up to a high of $44 per ton; parts for snow plows and other vehicles and more.

He's ready for any storm that is coming our way, Carnevale said, but he doesn't worry about the forecast until the day before the storm given that forecasts can often be inaccurate.

JIM February 21, 2013 at 02:30 PM
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