WINTER STORM JUNO ADVISORY
January 26, 2015 -Springfield, MA- The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for Hampden County. The WARNING has been issued for WINTER STORM JUNO and is in effect until 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 28. The forecast is predicting heavy snowfall and strong winds. Strong winds and blizzard conditions will cause considerable blowing (reducing visibility) and drifting snow. The heavy snow and strong winds may result in downed tree limbs, trees, and utility poles/wires; widespread power outages are possible with this storm. Travel may become impossible and life threatening across the state.
This will be a long duration event. Please be patient.
A winter storm warning 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 is in effect 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 and will be enforced immediately.
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 allow emergency vehicles to pass as needed.
Municipal Rubbish Collection
The City’s Department of Public Works has canceled rubbish collection on Tuesday, January 27. Rubbish is scheduled to be picked up tentatively on Saturday, January 31 for residents with pick up on Tuesdays. Please Place barrels on the tree belt.
Springfield Public Schools
All evening programs scheduled for Monday, January 26 are canceled.
Springfield Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday.
Springfield City Hall
Will be closed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Only essential public safety services will be available.
Springfield Fire Department
In the event of a power outage and 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 an outage please be sure to turn off all major electrical appliances that may have been on in the event power is restored, especially electrical stoves and heaters.
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 Parking Authority
All garages will be open and free for residents that need parking on Tuesday and will remain so until Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.
Springfield Department of Health and Human Services
In case of power outages; please be aware of food safety. Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed. Food in a refrigerator can be kept safely for four hours after power outage. A freezer will keep temperatures for about 48 hours. When it doubt throw it out!
Individuals without landlines should charge cell phones if that is the only means of communication available.
Down Power Line Warning
Residents should stay away from all downed power lines to avoid injuries and call 9-1-1.
Springfield Water and Sewer Commission
If any residents or businesses have issues with service please call 413-787-6206.
Helping Animals in Need
There will be dangerously low temperatures and wind chills. 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. – 4:30 p.m. 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 for non-emergency City Services.