Storm Aftermath: Schools Remain Closed as Merrimack Valley Digs Out

The Merrimack Valley is digging out—and preparing for a deep freeze. A foot of snow blanketed communities including Haverhill, Methuen and Andover Thursday and while the snow has ceased, Friday temperatures are expected to be bitter.

To aid residents in digging out, closures and delays remain in place for another day.

Schools are closed in all three cities Friday, January 5.

Trash collection continues as scheduled in both Haverhill and Methuen on Friday and Saturday. There was no trash or recycling pick-up in Andover Thursday and an additional day will be added to the week’s delay.

Haverhill’s snow emergency continues until noon on Friday. Mayor James J. Fiorentini has authorized city residents to park in any municipal lot downtown, including the Goecke Parking Deck on Merrimack Street, free of charge. Tilton School’s parking lot on Grove Street is another option. Residents without off-street parking alternatives must remember to park on the odd side of the street.

The Haverhill Department of Public Works reports minimal tree damage. A National Grid service map showed no Haverhill outages as of Thursday night. Residents are urged to call the city’s municipal hotline at 3-1-1 with any winter storm concerns.