Updated: Medfield Police Chief Cautions Residents of Icy Roads, Walkways
With precipitation slowing down, concern shifts to icy roads and walkways around Medfield.
Wednesday's portion of this week's two-day storm has brought a nasty mix of sleet and rain in addition to the 9.25 inches of snow that has fallen on town, causing roads and walkways to freeze over as temperatures drop.
Medfield Chief of Police Robert E. Meaney Jr. said the snow covered roads became packed snow with ice Wednesday morning, causing dangerous driving conditions.
"The driving was very dangerous for a couple hours until the DPW could scrape, salt and sand the roads," Meaney said. "Even now some of the roads without a lot of traffic are very slick."
Wednesday's high temperature for the day was expected to reach around 33 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, but those temperatures are expected to fall rapidly, into the teens, by nighttime with a low around 15.
"The next issue coming along will be a drop in temperatures causing surfaces to freeze," Meaney said. "Driving and walking will be very difficult and challenging tonight and for [Thursday] morning’s commute."
Meaney also advised residents to take caution when clearing their driveways as high snow banks reduce visibility for drivers.
"Be careful at the end of your driveway," Meaney said. "As a result of the snow banks, people need to slowly enter the road to see traffic. The extra challenge is that the end of the driveway will become icy overnight and you may not stop as quickly as normal and end up further in the road than you want to be."
Medfield has been hit with 71.65 inches of snow this winter and there have already been nine snow days on record since Jan. 1. So where is it all going?
"The Transfer Station," Department of Public Works Superintendent Kenneth Feeney said.
Feeney said the town's greatest concern right now regarding the latest storm and clean-up are "narrow roads and site distances at intersections." Icing is also an issue.
The Town of Medfield Board of Selectmen declared a "snow emergency" at their Jan. 25 meeting because the town's snow budget was running a deficit after the Jan. 21 storm. Feeney said Wednesday this storm likely cost the town "$30,000" but that was "just a guess." Feeney echoed Meaney's caution to "drive slow, even with four-wheel drive."