Medfield Police Chief Issues 'Word of Caution' to Residents After Latest Storm
Latest storm brings over 12 inches of snow to town.
The area's latest storm may be over, but not before it left 12.25 inches of snow on Medfield, according to Medfield Weather.
The bulk of that accumulation piling up early Thursday morning, making for a difficult commute and the town to close its public schools. The Montrose School on North Street also closed its doors. Town Hall and the Public Library remained open and will operate under normal business hours.
Now that the storm has passed and the sun is out, it is time for the cleanup to begin.
"The plows, snowblowers and shovels are all at work," said Medfield Police Chief Robert E. Meaney Jr.
Meaney touched on a few issues residents should be aware of in the aftermath of the storm, issuing a "word of caution for the next several days."
"Obviously, the roads are narrower than they were [Wednesday] with additional snowfall," Meaney said. "Due to large amounts of snow, most intersections have high snow bankings that make visibility very difficult. People will have to use extra care when entering an intersection."
Meaney warned private snowplow operators that they cannot push snow from a driveway across the street into the opposite snow banking because it will ultimately damage town plow equipment and reminded operators that there is a bylaw and fine associated with this.
"The result of this [practice] is that the banking across from your driveway now extends into the road, making the road narrower," Meaney said. "The second issue is that as this banking thaws and freezes, it becomes very hard. The next storm that comes along; the highway plows into this icy bank and damages the equipment."
Meaney also urged residents to use caution when shoveling the ends of their driveways and mailboxes.
"Obviously you are on the side of a snow-covered road while doing this," Meaney said. "Wear clothing that makes you visible and face the oncoming traffic while shoveling."
Help the Fire Department by Shoveling Out a Fire Hydrant
As extra incentive to help out, Medfield Patch will deliver anyone who clears out a fire hydrant, a free cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a doughnut. Read here for full instructions on how to claim your cup and doughnut.