WINTER STORM HERCULES ADVISORY
January 1, 2014 –Springfield, MA- The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WATCH for Hampden County. The watch has been issued for WINTER STORM HERCULES and is in effect from late tonight until Friday morning. The forecast is predicting a significant snow fall and dangerously cold wind chills. The worst of the storm is expected to be Thursday night into early Friday.
A winter storm watch is issued for the potential of accumulating snow of 6 or more inches in a 12 hour period or 8 or more inches in a 24 hour period.
A City wide parking ban will go into effect on Thursday, January 2, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. until further notice. Parking will not be permitted on the Odd side of the street from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and No Parking on the Even side from 7:00 PM until 7:00 AM. The ban will be enforced through ticketing and towing.
The Department of Public Works and the Springfield Fire Department are strongly encouraging residents to keep cars off the road so streets may be cleared and emergency vehicles to pass as needed.
Springfield Fire Department
To avoid fires residents should not use candles. Residents using backup generators and fireplaces should ensure there is proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, especially when using equipment that requires vents or fans for airflow if there is a power outage.
If there is a fire hydrant located in front of your home or business; please assist in keeping hydrants clear and remove the snow around them.
Springfield Department of Health and Human Services
Please be aware of the extreme cold, especially with children. If you go outside to please dress in layers; do not expose bare skin to the elements.
Down Power Line Warning
Residents should stay away from all downed power lines to avoid injuries and call 911.
Municipal Rubbish Collection
The City’s Department of Public Works indicates that rubbish collection will continue as scheduled. Items should be placed out for collection no later than 6:30 a.m. on the day of collection. Place barrels on the tree belt.
Helping Animals in Need
There will be dangerously low temperatures and wind chills, especially after the storm. Please be mindful of this if you have pets. Two local animal welfare organizations are able to assist domestic animals. The following is the contact information for the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society and the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center
Dakin Pioneer Valley Human Society TJO Animal Control & Adoption Center
171 Union Street 627 Cottage Street
Springfield, MA 01105 Springfield, MA 01104
Tel #: (413) 781-4000 Tel #: (413) 781-1484
3-1-1 Call Center
The City’s 3-1-1 Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. and because of the New Year’s Holiday the City’s 3-1-1 Call Center will be staffed as well on Saturday, January 4, 2013 from 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to assist trash pickup. The call center can be reached from a landline by calling 3-1-1, or from outside of Springfield or via cell phone at (413) 736-3111.