Carlisle’s first snow brings out the plows, closes schools
|A yard in Carlisle received 15.5 inches of snow during this week’s snowstorm.
(Photo by Campbell Hart)
A sudden switch from fall to winter jolted Carlisle residents when they woke up to approximately ten inches of snow on Monday, December 2—the first segment of a storm event that brought Carlisle over 15 inches in snow before it ended midday on December 3.
All area schools were closed on Monday, and light snow and wind continued through the day. The police responded to a number of spin-outs and minor accidents Sunday evening, said Carlisle Police Chief John Fisher. He said that the Department of Public Works (DPW) began sanding and salting as the storm started and continued to clear the roads throughout the night and into Monday as the snow kept falling.
Soon after the snow started falling around 7 p.m. Sunday evening, a driver became stuck trying to make the hill on Westford Street. The police were able to push him out. A few hours later, another driver became stuck at Maple Street and Davis Road. The police and the DPW responded, and a tow truck winched out the car. Around 7:30 p.m., the police discovered an accident scene with an abandoned car and air bag deployment. The driver, a male from Nashua, NH, was eventually located after a resident on Stearns Street reported a man with a cut on his forehead had used the phone. The driver had slid off the road and into a stone wall on Stearns Street near Malcolm Meadows. Fisher said the driver was picked up by a friend, taken to a doctor and was okay. The car was towed.
The Mosquito stopped by the DPW to see how the workers were preparing for the next round of snow, predicted to be up to six inches on Monday night. The workers said they got a “few hours of sleep” and planned to be on overnight duty again. They said it was quite a switch to go from fall cleanup duties to snowplowing this early in the season.
Overnight the snowfall picked up in intensity and by Tuesday morning, December 3, an additional five inches had dropped, with more in some locations. Schools were closed, the DPW and police again responded to slippery roads and the Town Hall opened late. One private snowplow driver said that he had been up for 18 hours.
Fisher said that having the school closed and buses off the road was a benefit. The snow started light but became wet and heavy as the day warmed up. There were reports of a few branches and small trees in the road. The Fire Department responded to a report of arcing wires, and a number of residences lost power. Eversource was notified. The National Weather Service reported the two-day storm totals for Carlisle was 15. 5 inches (see photo), while Acton had 16 inches and Westford had close to 19 inches. ∆