All in a Winter Day’s Work: Coping with Water Mains, Snow, and Sliding Motorists

On the job in Monday evening’s pre-storm chill – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

It’s a busy snow day in Bedford, but the DPW’s work began last night. As forecasts for the March Nor-THREEster predicted Tuesday’s snow, Bedford DPW’s Water Department crew was on the job, repairing a broken water main on Monday evening. Early on Tuesday morning, plows were out to begin clearing Bedford’s roads. According to DPW Engineer Adrienne St.John, a full complement of staff and contractor plows will be in service during the storm.

But for a snowy day, there’s quite a lot going on.

Town Hall is closed, as are the Bedford Free Public Library and the Bedford Schools. The following Tuesday board/committee meetings have been canceled – Council on Aging, Library Trustees, Planning Board. Tonight’s Housing Authority Meeting at Ashby Place had not been canceled as of 2:30 pm, but check the Town website before venturing out.

The Eversource outage map notes 14 Bedford homes without electricity at 2 pm on Tuesday.

Officer Jeffrey French on WCVB-TV this afternoon at 1:23 pm – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

A Tweet from the Bedford Police Department noted that Officer Jeffrey French spoke with Corey Saunders on WCVB-TV news, “just seconds after he was nearly struck by a sliding vehicle.”  Empirical observation from The Citizen‘s window on the world shows that few motorists are on the road.

The snow stick in Jeff Hoyland’s yard at 2 pm on Monday – Image (c) Jeff JHO Hoyland, 2018 all rights reserved

More than 8 inches of snow seems to have fallen in Bedford. Reports of the storm’s final flurries range from 7-8 PM in eastern Massachusetts, to early on Tuesday morning. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency notes that bands of moderate to heavy snow will persist into the evening and snow showers will likely persist into early Wednesday morning over much of the state.

On Twitter, Jeff Hoyland reported that 3″ inches of snow fell between 10 AM and noon. He added, “In the last 20 minutes, [it has] changed from driving horizontal sticky snow, to horizontal fluffy snow.” The changeover bodes well for trees and power lines.

Tonight’s planned Rotary fundraiser at Flatbread has been canceled; it will be held on Thursday, March 15.

The ad hoc Dog Park Task Force has canceled Thursday’s 6 pm site visit at the Lindau Farm Conservation Area, but the group’s meeting at 7:30 pm will be held as scheduled at Town Hall.

Editor’s Note: If you have additional cancellations to share, please email and we’ll do our best to get the word out.

And, finally, this pre-blizzard snowman, constructed by the Hill family on Monday and shared by Dawn Kociubes:


Image (c) Hill-Kociubes, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image


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