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February 08. 2013 9:09AM

Nashua bracing for blizzard: Snow line set up, library closing, and buses stopped

NASHUA -- The city is bracing for winter storm Nemo, announcing a snow emergency will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday and conclude at 7 p.m. on Saturday.


Blizzard conditions are expected to start around 1 p.m. on Friday, with the National Weather Service anticipating one to two inches per hour until about 3 p.m. on Saturday, according to a release from the Nashua Emergency Management office.


"It is very challenging to keep streets clear with snowfall of this magnitude. Forecasts are calling for deteriorating conditions for the Friday evening commute," says the release issued by Justin Kates, director of emergency management. "If possible, please remain off the roads during this time for your safety and to make room for equipment working to keep roads open."


Parking of cars on the street and in the municipal surface lots is prohibited during the snow emergency. However, Kates stressed that free parking will be available at the Elm Street and High Street parking garages during the emergency.


Vehicles that are not removed from the streets will be towed, and owners will be forced to pay a fine of up to $295 to retrieve their vehicles from the Solid Waste Department landfill. Cars may be picked up during the storm until 10 a.m. on Sunday, or during normal business hours, says the release.


"Depending on the duration of the storm and snowfall amounts, crews may need extensive time once the storm ends to clean all street and sidewalk routes," Kates said in the statement.


There is a Public Works snow line available at 603-589-4795, which will provide residents with up to date information on the storm. Crews are asking citizens to be patient as they work around the clock to clear the snow during this anticipated blizzard.


The Nashua Transit System has canceled night service on Friday. On Saturday, the buses will not begin until noon. For additional information about the Nashua Transit System during the storm, call 880-0100.


The Nashua Public Library will be closed at noon on Friday in anticipation of the heavy snowfalls expected this evening.


Meanwhile, the city's emergency management team has been coordinating with the Boston National Weather Service Office and monitoring the track of the storm and potential impacts, according to the release.


In addition, departments within the city have been reviewing their emergency plans, testing generators and readying snow removal equipment, said Kates.


He is reminding residents to only use 911 for emergencies, to stay off the roads, have an emergency kit available, check on neighbors and family, report power outages by calling Public Service of New Hampshire at 1-800-662-7764, clear the streets of any snow removal obstructions and to stay informed by visiting www.nashuanh.gov.


"Preparedness is everyone's responsibility. Take the time to ensure that you and your family will be safe during this winter storm," says the release.



khoughton@newstote.com

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