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Waltham Storm Center: Limited MBTA Service on Sunday

Stay connected on up-to-date information for the potential blizzard.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Waltham Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.

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UPDATE, 11:02 a.m.: Starting at 2 p.m., limited MBTA subway and bus service will run on the Red, Orange, Blue lines between Orient Heights and Government Center, and Green Line between Kenmore and Lechmere, according to MBTA.com/weather.

Limited bus service will also operate on the 1, 23, 28, 39, and Silver Line Washington Street in Newton only.

Customers are encouraged to stay home and "use service sparingly," if possible, the website said.

Commuter rail routes will remain suspended through Sunday.

The MBTA weather update says regularly scheduled MBTA service will resume Monday morning.

“Customers should expect significant delays and plan extra time for their Monday morning commute as MBTA service recovers from the impacts of the storm. Due to significant snow accumulations, customers are encouraged to use caution at station platforms and bus stops,” the site says.

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UPDATE, Sunday, Feb. 10, 8:45 a.m.: There is no official word on whether Waltham Public Schools will be held yet. Also, MBTA service has been suspended for today. 

The snow emergency/parking ban in Waltham will be lifted at 10 a.m. Motorists must have their cars out of Waltham Public School lots by 10 a.m., Chiasson said, in order for crews to clean the lots. Motorists must have their cars out of city-owned lots by Monday before regular parking hours in the lots resume.

Have a business that is closed or open today? Tell us by leaving a comment in the comment section below.

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UPDATE, 7 p.m.: The snow emergency in Waltham will be lifted at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, according to Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson.

Starting at 10 a.m., motorists will again be allowed to park their cars on the street, Chiasson said.

Also, motorists must have their cars out of Waltham Public School lots by 10 a.m., Chiasson said, in order for crews to clean the lots. Motorists must have their cars out of city-owned lots by Monday before regular parking hours in the lots resume.

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UPDATE, 4 p.m.: The driving ban has been lifted. 

OPEN/CLOSED:

Hannaford: Open

Shaw's (River Street): Open

Shaw's (Lexington Street): Open

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UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: As of 3:30 p.m., NStar was reporting 18 power outages in Waltham. 

Waltham appears to be faring the storm well. Moody Street and surrounding residential streets had been plowed and appear safe to travel. Most Moody Street stores were closed during an afternoon visit downtown. 

Many residents are out shoveling snow while others are walking to stores for provisions and walking home. 

OPEN/CLOSED

Shoppers Cafe: Opened at 2 p.m.

Watch City Brewing: Open

Charcoal Guidos: Closed

Habaneros: Closed

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UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: The Massachusetts travel ban will end at 4 p.m. this afternoon.

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UPDATE, 11:45 a.m.: The snowfall has ceased in Waltham and the sun is out. Also, crews are working to clear the roads. 

CLOSED/OPEN

Shoppers Cafe: Hoping to open today. Follow @shopperscafe on Twitter for updates.

Charcoal Guidos on Moody Street: Hoping to open today. Follow @charcoalguidoes on Twitter for updates.

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Saturday, Feb. 9, 10:15 a.m.: Waltham Patch users are reporting up to 25 inches of snow in Waltham. NStar is reporting 11 customers without power, down from 648 last night. Also, the driving ban is still in place, but officials say they will revisit it every few hours. Also, all MBTA service is suspended today. 

OPEN/CLOSED/UPDATES

Cafe on The Common: Open

In A Pickle: Closed

Waltham Boys & Girls Club: Closed

Doctors Express: Closed

Waltham Public Library: Closed

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Friday, Feb. 8

UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Waltham Firefighters just rescued a city worker from a Bobcat vehicle that rolloved over in front of the Waltham Police headquarters at 175 Lexington St., according to the Waltham Police twitter feed and scanner reports. A bucket loader was used to to push the vehicle upright. The worker is ok. 

UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: According to Waltham Police, NStar has 600 customers in Waltham without power.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Waltham Patch users are now reporting around 10 inches of snow in Waltham and one even reported lightning. 

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: As of 7 p.m., Waltham Pathch readers were reporting around 4.5 inches of snow. Also, Waltham Police have reported no car crashes today. 

UPDATE, 6 p.m.: Roads sound slippery and dangerous, but regardless, Gov. Deval Patrick has banned travel on them until further notice. As the night descends on Waltham, please heed the rules and stay off the road. If you need a warm place to go, Shopper's Cafe on Moody Street is open until 1 a.m. and as long as they have power. 

Also, only NStar is reporting only one power outage in Waltham so far. Also, Waltham Patch user Matthew Carter reported 2.8 inches of snow at his home as of 5 p.m.

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CLOSINGS/UPDATES

  • State Courthouses, including Waltham District Court: all state courthouses will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.
  • A snow emergency has been declared for Waltham, which includes parking restrictions.
  • MBTA: Service will be suspended at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.
  • Waltham Public Schools are cancelled for Friday.
  • Bentley University: evening classes on Friday are cancelled, non-essential offices are closed.
  • Waltham Public Library: Closed
  • Chapel Hill-Chauncey Hall: Closed, Winter Carnavale events are postponed until Monday, Feb. 11.
  • Brandeis University: Closed
  • City Hall: Most offices closed. Mayor's Office, Treasureer and City Clerk are open until noon.
  • Waltham Boys & Girls Club: Closed
  • Waltham YMCA: Closed
  • Logan Airport: Last departure is at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. It will remain closed until Sunday. 

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS/INFO

  • A snow emergency has been declared for Waltham as of 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, according to the Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson. On-street parking is prohibited. Violators are subject to tow.
  • Residents may park in any of the city’s school lots until 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. Residents must move their cars from school lots by 10 a.m. on Sunday, according to Chiasson.
  • Residents may park in any of the municipal lots on Saturday and Sunday, regardless of whether they have a parking permit, Chiasson said. On Monday, Feb. 11, parking enforcement officers will resume regular ticketing in city lots. 
  • City lots available for parking: all Waltham Public School lots, Waltham Public Library, Central Square parking garage on Common Street, City Hall (rear lot), Carter Street lot, Railroad Avenue lot, Embassy parking garage on Pine Street, Crescent Street lot, Spruce Street lot, Walnut Street lot and the Chestnut Street lot.
  • Trash pickup will proceed on normal schedule on Friday, Feb. 7.
  • Gov. Deval Patrick has banned all vehicle traffic statewide starting at 4 p.m. on Friday Feb. 8. Massachusetts Turnpike tolls will stop collection at 2 p.m. 
  • In an emergency, dial 911
  • Police Department: 781-314-3600
  • IF YOUR CAR IS TOWED, CALL: Waltham Auto Body 781-899-1150; Ramsay's Auto, 152 Prospect St., 781-899-1915; Pilgrim Auto, 781-899-7320

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NWBL February 07, 2013 at 09:50 PM
My son is scheduled to take the ACT at Waltham High on Saturday morning Feb. 9; will this be cancelled?
Susan Lee February 07, 2013 at 10:26 PM
According to the ACT site, it's cancelled, no date set yet
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 10:47 PM
@Susan, thank you for digging that information up. That is what Patch is all about. Users helping users. Can you post the ACT link to the comments section here?
Susan Lee February 08, 2013 at 05:03 AM
The link is: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/reschedule/
NWBL February 08, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Susan and Ryan, thank you very much for being so helpful!
Steve Pisuk February 09, 2013 at 05:11 PM
I know this was a blizzard, but this is easily the worst job of clearing the roads I've seen in my 10+ years in Waltham. Normally I rave about how good they do, but right now the plows just seem to be driving around with the plows up.
charliemingus February 09, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Any idea when the driving ban will be lifted?
Betsy February 09, 2013 at 06:57 PM
4:00 according to TV
lj February 09, 2013 at 09:30 PM
I don't understand why the grocery stores are open? Do not think this is fair to their employees who had to figure out how to get there. With the driving ban earlier, who would have gone anyway? Give everyone the day off and start again tomorrow...
Adam J February 09, 2013 at 09:46 PM
When will the parking ban be lifted?
Matt Carter February 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM
For the ammount and rate of snow that fell last night I think the CPW did a Fantastic Job. I have a few friends who started plowing streets at 2PM Yesterday and went over 24 Hours straight in white out conditions and 2-4" an hour snowfall rates. The CPW never had a chance to keep up with this storm. I have not seen a plow on my main road in the last couple of hours. Hopefully they are getting some well deserved rest. Thanks Waltham CPW. Oh and if anyone has any complaints they should be directed to the mayor. After the January 2011 snow storms when she complaind about "bad & undersized equipment" she did not by one new truck, plow or sidewalk machine.
Cairo kid February 10, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Matt: Thank u!.. so many whiners so little done! Waltham did good during the blizzard, what don't people understand about a BLIZZARD?
Cairo kid February 10, 2013 at 04:14 PM
GREAT Snow pics of Moody St Ryan! u earned ur money this weekend! :)
Marie Daly February 10, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Trapelo Road is great - down to bare pavement. Beaver Street near Bentley is not good. It could use some more plowing. There will probably be a huge traffic jam tomorrow, so leave early!
Kmd February 11, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Ya great job guys. This is the worst plowing I have seen. Ya kid it's a blizzard, go to Watertown they too had a BLIZZARD but there streets are fine. Carter ya that's good blame the mayor but not the director. He said they did an ok job in another article. What they left out was on his street. Go to moody street then tell me how the plows did. Tell your buddies to go get lessons from Watertown. Oh ya if you want to complain about the mayor and the equipment, take another look 90 percent of the equipment used to plow the streets are contractors. By the way it's buy not by.

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