Friday 2 p.m.: Roads are better now, but there is a sheet of ice underneath so don't let the lack of snow fool you. There is a wind chill warning in effect for North Andover, and we could see temperatures way below zero Friday night into Saturday morning.
Friday 11:30 a.m.: Police had a relatively quiet evening.
"We had a lot of cars off the road yesterday during the day and then a few last evening," North Andover Police Sgt. Dan Crevier said Friday. "Knock on wood, it's been fairly quiet. People seem to be staying off the roads."
The main roads seem to be improving and are drivable. But use caution, especially with the back roads.
North Andover has about two feet of fresh snow on the ground, which means a big job for plows Friday. Police urge residents to be careful if they must go out.
Friday 9 a.m.: Snowfall was intense overnight, as there are about two feet of new snow on the ground Friday morning. Plow trucks are out working to clear the roads, but could take them a while.
Thursday 9 p.m.: North Andover could see 20 inches of snow from this storm before it drifts away late Friday morning.
WDHD is forecasting an isolated pocket of the region -- including North andover and surrounding communities -- that could have an abnormally high accumulation, with the snow sticking around longer than in other areas.
WBZ agrees, calling our part of the Merrimack Valley the "jackpot" of the storm.
Residents have been very good about staying off the roads. Although there were spin-outs scattered around, Sgt. John Pickard said traffic was very light.
"It's been pretty uneventful," Pickard said Thursday night. "Right now we have DPW out in full force, and we've really had no problems.
Thursday 5:30 p.m.: Schools are closed for Friday too. And more reports of road incidents all around town. And looks like we have 14 inches of snow so far.
Thursday 4 p.m.: I went for a drive and came right back. Roads are very hazardous and there are spin-outs and fender benders scattered around. Stay home if you can. There are reports that North Andover has 10 inches of snow so far.
Thursday 3 p.m.: The Massachusetts Trial Court will closed courthouses statewide 3 p.m. and will delay opening on Friday until noon.
Thursday 2:45 p.m.: Gov. Patrick closing state offices early.
Thursday 10 a.m.: Snow is starting to become heavy, and roads are slippery. Use caution.
Thursday 1 p.m.: WBZ reports that North Andover already has 7 inches of snow.
Thursday 2 p.m.: Trash truck crashed in woods. Full story coming.
A nor'easter is making its way across New England, and it may bring up to 10 inches of snow to North Andover.
It's going to be a windy one too. Wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour are expected. Watch out for all that drifting snow.
North Andover and most of the Merrimack Valley could see 8-10 inches of snow by Friday morning. WBZ has a slightly more conservative forecast of 6-10 inches.
Winter parking ban is in effect.
Stay with Patch for storm updates.
Schools are closed Thursday.
Important Phone Numbers to Know:
- In an emergency, dial 911
- Police Department: 978-683-3168
- Fire Department: 978-688-9590
- Public Works: 978-685-0950
- National Grid power outages: 800-465-1212
- National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
- NStar power outages: 800-592-2000 or the Report an Outage form.
- Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
- Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)
- RCN: 1-866-TECH-RCN (1-866-832-4726)
You can also upload photos from the storm. But please be safe.
- Get email updates about the storm and more: http://northandover.patch.com/email.