Framingham municipal workers have been ordered to go home for the day as the town prepares to potentially open a snow shelter and keep roads clear in light of the blizzard slated to leave two-plus feet of snow behind.
Town employees were told to leave at 11:30 a.m. this morning, after administration officials announced that public schools would be cancelled for today.
Officials are also alerting residents that a snow shelter at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School at 169 Leland St. might be prepared in case of emergencies and the loss of power and heat. No formal announcement to open the shelter has been made yet.
There will also be a snow emergency parking ban beginning at 6 p.m. All vehicles in violation will be towed at the owner's expense.
The Department of Public Work’s recommends using extreme caution while travelling on all roadways and urges motorist to stay off the roads during the height of the storm.
Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and banned cars from the road beginning at 4 p.m. today - a rare measure.
Framingham residents and businesses can receive more information about the storm and safety tips through the town’s emergency notification system.
Town officials are also encouraging residents to call NStar to report any power outages at 800-592-2000.
For more information, visit the town's website.
Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org