Winter Storm: North Reading Information Center

Stay up to date with the latest on this weekend's winter storm.


Saturday, Feb. 9— 

12 p.m. Some information from the Town of North Reading: The Town has announced that the emergency shelter opened at the Batchelder School for the storm will be closed at noon.

Reminder for those who are using snow blowers. Each year we resopond to tragedies where people have been seriously injured from putting hands and feet too close to the moving parts of their snow blowers. Use caution.

With heavy amounts of snow people are advised to be cautious when shoveling snow, taking precatuions to avoid over exertion.

Snow removal efforts are ongoing and people need to be aware of approaching plow trucks.

No on-street parking is allowed during the storm.  Assist the DPW personnel in performing critical snow fighting operations by making sure all vehicles are parked on private property.

Fire hydrants will likely be buried by snow.  Be a good neighbor and shovel snow once conditions permit.

Check in on your elderly neighbors.  Make sure they are safe.  The town has plans to open a warming shelter in the event power is lost during the storm.

11:22 a.m. Mail will not be delivered today.

8:22 a.m. The statewide travel ban is still in effect. Anyone caught driving could face up to a year in prison and a $500 fine.

8:22 a.m. According to NECN, MBTA service will not be restored today. The goal is Monday, they will be evaluating later today.

Friday, Feb. 8

9 p.m. The Batchelder School will be an emergency shelter for residents without power during the storm. If you need to get there and you can't, you can call the Fire Dept at 664-3112 and request transportation.

1:21 p.m. The Flint Memorial Library will close at 1 p.m. today. They will also be closed tomorrow, Feb. 9. and will re-open on Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.

1:21 p.m. They will stop collecting tolls at 2 pm.

1:20 p.m. Governor Patrick: "I have signed an executive order banning vehicle traffic effective at 4 p.m. today."

10:35 a.m. Latest forecast.

9:00 a.m. The following is an update from Milton CAT's Facebook page: In order to better serve our customers, the Milton CAT location at 84 Concord Street in North Reading will be open 24 hours from Friday at 5:00 p.m. through Sunday at 5:00 p.m. --we will have parts staff on hand -- Call 978-276-2400 during regular hours or after hours to check stock on whatever you need to keep your Caterpillar running and moving all this snow! (after hours fees do apply during the "off hours") 

Thursday, Feb. 7—

6:15 p.m. #MBTA Service Suspended on All Lines Effective 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 this includes T and commuter rail and bus. The governor has asked all drivers to be off the road by noon.

5:20 p.m. All state courthouses and offices will close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. 

5:15 p.m. To prepare for the storm, the North Reading DPW is getting all of their trucks ready and putting on the plows. They are checking the fluids and wipers to ensure they are ready for the blizzard.

5:00 p.m. The following is a listing of the North Reading High School events that have been rescheduled as a result of the inclement weather forecast:

Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Games scheduled for Friday, February 8 will be played at their originally scheduled times and locations today, Thursday, February 7

The Masquers performances of “9 to 5” scheduled for Friday and Saturday evening, February 8 and 9, will take place on Sunday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m. (one show only). Those unable to attend the Sunday performance may receive a refund of their ticket cost between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the high school’s main office on Monday, February 11

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s State Sectional Wrestling Tournament, in which our cooperative wrestling team is participating, scheduled for Saturday, February 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Melrose High School has been postponed until Saturday, February 16, at the originally schedule time and location

The Junior Varsity Hockey Game scheduled for Saturday, February 9 has been postponed (new date and time to be determined)

The Varsity Hockey Game scheduled for Saturday, February 9 against Pentucket has been postponed until Monday, February 11 at 4:00 p.m. at Haverhill High School

There will be no athletic practices held on Friday, February 8 or Saturday, February 9

4:49 p.m. According to Superintendent Willis, school is closed on Friday.

4:40 p.m. Here is a statement from RMLD regarding the storm.

4:40 p.m. Take a look at the video attached to see the DPW preparing for the storm.

Scroll down for important phone numbers, websites and more. Stay with Reading Patch as we keep you updated throughout the storm.

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See a tree down in your neighborhood? Notice a road is icy? Just saw a store clerk put out more snow melt products? Please use this story on North Reading Patch to help out your neighbors.

North Reading Patch is all about connecting neighbors and helping neighbors so we hope you’ll find this information hub helpful during the storm. Stay safe Reading!


In an emergency, always call 911. A call from a landline in the town will go directly to the police station. 

For non-emergency police or fire issues or problems:

North Reading Fire Department: 978-664-3112

North Reading Police Department: 978-664-3131

To report a power outage or power-related issue or problem, call RMLD at 781-944-1340 or 781-942-6598.

For outages for other utilities:

RMLD: 781-944-1340

National Grid gas: 1-800-233-5325

Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)

Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)

Personal numbers

Some other numbers you may want to have include your insurance agent, your doctor and your vet.

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