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DANVERS STORM CENTER: Unofficial Counts Say Town Got 2 Feet of Snow

Check back here throughout the storm for updates on what's happening in Danvers.

Reader David Ouellette snapped this photo from his front porch on Betsy's Way (off Locust Street) around 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Reader David Ouellette snapped this photo from his front porch on Betsy's Way (off Locust Street) around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Friday Updates:

12:25 p.m.: Unofficial snowfall tallies around town today range from 20-23 inches, which would be in line with the reports from Topsfield.

9:30 a.m.: There's a wind chill advisory in effect until 9 a.m. on Saturday. The National Weather Service says the advisory is issued when the wind chill factor is between -15 and -24 degrees for at least three hours. Expect it to feel like -15 degrees through the rest of Friday.

8:51 a.m.: Firefighters responded to 22-1/2 Purchase St. on a report of heavy smoking coming from a garage next to the house. Scanner reports indicated the fire was from a snowblower inside. Crews at the scene reported it was a working fire, but quickly had it knocked down. In the meantime, Purchase Street between Crane and High streets was shutdown to traffic.

8:30 a.m.: The snow was piled up outside Caraline Moholland's window this morning in Danvers. She tweeted this picture here.

8:30 a.m.: According to measurements from weather spotters reported last night between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m., there was somewhere between 13.6 and 15 inches of snow in Danvers.

Thursday Updates:

9 p.m.: Danvers Town Manager Wayne Marquis says Town Hall and all other town offices will be closed tomorrow, including Burroughs Street offices, library, senior center, etc.

8:30 p.m.: Reported snow accumulation in Danvers was around 7 inches earlier this evening, according to weather spotters for the National Weather Service. The weather service's latest snowfall map actually puts much of Essex County in a range of 18-24 inches of snow.

6:30 p.m.: Gov. Deval Patrick has urged all private employers in the state to keep their employees home tomorrow and says that anyone that does need to come into Boston Friday should use public transportation and stay off the roads. State government offices will be closed tomorrow.

4:30 p.m.: Expect blizzard conditions late tonight. The National Weather Service in Taunton has upgraded the winter storm warning to a blizzard warning for coastal parts of the state, including the North Shore.

4:30 p.m.: The Danvers High varsity basketball games scheduled for Friday against Gloucester have both been postponed. No date yet on when they may be rescheduled.

3:30 p.m. Courthouses statewide were closed today at 3 p.m. and will delay opening on Friday until noon. The state says a further assessment for afternoon operations will be made Friday morning. No first-day jurors are scheduled to report on Friday.

2:45 p.m.: The town says trash collection may be cut somewhat short today and tomorrow due to the storm, depending on weather conditions, so to make up for it, there won't be any limits on the amount of trash residents can place at the curb for pickup next week.

2:15 p.m.: The office at Danvers Community Access Television closed early today at noon and will be closed all day on Friday. Staff will return for business on Monday. "Have a great weekend and stay safe in the snow!" reads this update on Facebook.

1:48 p.m.: There was almost 6 inches of snow accumulated in Danvers around noontime, according to this measurement resident Eric Page posted via Twitter.

1:40 p.m.: The Liberty Tree Mall is still open, as of last report. The mall opened per usual at 10 a.m. and said management would be monitoring weather conditions throughout the day.

1:36 p.m.:
 State employees will be heading home at 3 p.m. today, and the highways will remain open, according to Gov. Patrick.

12:42 p.m.
Danvers Indoor Sports & Soccer Etc. say they will be closed today as well due to the storm.

12:40 p.m. 
Town Hall and all other town offices will be closing today at 3 p.m. State employees will also be sent home at that time, said Gov. Deval Patrick this afternoon.

11:39 a.m.:
Barre N9ne Studio says evening classes in both Danvers and Andover have been canceled due to the storm. If you have any storm closures or cancellations for your business, or if you know of any, chime in below in the comments section.

11:07 a.m.: 
Town resident, local author and journalism professor Dan Kennedy shared this video via Twitter of the snow coming down outside his home Thursday morning.

10:41 a.m.:
The town declared an overnight parking ban in Danvers Thursday morning as the Nor'easter arrived in good force.

The winter parking ban will be in effect as of 1 a.m. on Friday and prohibits all on-street parking between then and 6 a.m. The ban may last for more than one day, but only restricts parking from 1-6 a.m.

"The ban will remain in effect until all winter operations related to this storm are completed. You will be notified when the ban has ended. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to make the streets safe during and after this storm," wrote Department of Public Works Operations Director Robert Lee in an announcement.

10 a.m.: The Danvers Police Department likewise urged residents to stay home today if possible.

"Hearing that the roads are slippery out there. If you can stay home today, please do. If not, please drive safely & allow extra time," reads a tweet from the department's official Twitter account.

9:27 a.m.: 
Massachusetts State Police are asking drivers to stay home if possible due to slick road conditions.

"Roads are just going to get more snow covered," State Police tweeted. "If you don't have to go out, stay in today. Let the plows do their job."

Original Story, Thursday at 12 a.m.: Get your shovels ready, Danvers. You're going to need them, and stay warm.

The first storm of 2014 is underway as the initial flakes began falling after midnight on Thursday. During the day on Thursday there will be some accumulation, though much of the snow will come Thursday night into Friday before the storm ends by Friday afternoon.

Below is what you need to know about this week's significant winter storm. We will be updating this storm center article throughout the storm, so be sure to check back throughout.

Current Forecasts

How much snow is Danvers expected to get Thursday and Friday? Here are the projections as of Thursday at 5 a.m.


Schools Closed


In case you missed it, Danvers Public Schools are closed for Thursday and Friday. Students won't return from winter break until Monday.

Danvers Emergency Contacts
  • In case of an emergency, dial 911
  • Danvers Police Department - 978-774-1212
  • Danvers Fire Department - 978-7741-2425
  • Danvers Electric power outages: 978-774-0005
  • National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
  • Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
  • Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966) 
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