Sticky snowfall in the North Parish neighborhood of Haverhill. (Genesio Oliveira photograph.)
Schools were closed across the Merrimack Valley today as the region began digging out from three-quarters of a foot of snow.
Although it seemed like more, Haverhill’s snowfall was officially recorded at eight inches, according to Fred Haffty, the city’s wastewater treatment plant manager. The treatment plant has historically kept a record of precipitation.
Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini declared a snow emergency as of 4, yesterday afternoon. It remains in effect until noon, today. A snow emergency means no parking is allowed on certain downtown streets including Emerson, Essex, Main Street from Merrimack Street to Monument Square, Merrimack Street, River Street from Comeau Bridge to View Street, Washington Street from Washington Square to Comeau Bridge, Water Street from Main to Mill Streets, White and Winter Streets. While the city is asking all cars not to be parked on other city streets, parking is allowed on the even side of the street. Cars parked on the odd side may be ticketed.
Trash collection in Haverhill, Methuen and Andover is delayed one day. Other cancellations included the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Congressional Breakfast
Haverhill’s 311 call center is open until 5 p.m., today. Methuen’s emergency operations center is also open. Timberlane Regional High School’s National Art Society Fundraiser is also still on.
Non-emergency state offices open at 11 a.m.
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