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Season's First Snow Falls on Framingham

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 9:17 pm on October 27, 2011
Framingham, MA - first snow of the year, October 27,2011

Employee's working evening shifts in Framingham area retail stores find their cars covered with wet snow from the year's first snowfall, Oct. 27, 2011.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - After raining all day, when temperatures dropped after sunset the rain first turned to sleet, then to snow, accumulating on unpaved surfaces across the town.

By 9:00pm a light coating of wet snow covered lawns, cars, shrubbery, rooftops and powerlines.

With weather reports predicting overnight temperatures would fall below freezing, the Town of Framingham sent out highway department vehicles to salt and sand the town's roads.

Having to treat roads in October is doubly worrisome as a recent $1.5 million dollar budget calculation error has the Town's Chief Financial Officer asking Town Meeting to approve removing $287k from this year's snow and ice removal budget.

Snow on shrubbery, an unusual sight for October in Framingham.

Snow on shrubbery, an unusual sight for October in Framingham.

Meteorologists are watching a low pressure air mass and precipitation which are moving up the United States' east coast and could bring more snow to Framingham in the next few days if the weather arrives during the overnight when temperatures are low.


Hurricane Irene Hits Framingham MA, August 28, 2011

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 4:21 am on August 29, 2011
Photo - Close up of one of the phone poles on Salem End Road in Framingham, (near Temple Street), which were taken down by a tree blow over by Hurricane Irene, (August 28, 2011)

Hurricane Irene took down utility poles and trees across Framingham on August 28, 2011.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - After forming in the Bahamas on August 20th, 2011, then building to hurricane strength and tracking north/northwest along the eastern seaboard of the United States, Hurricane Irene struck Framingham, MA on the morning of August 28th, 2011.

This page contains a timeline of events, photos, videos and information related to Hurricane Irene as she approached and hit the Town of Framingham, MA.

(By the time she hit Framingham, Irene had been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but still caused severe damage and knocked out power and other utilities across the town and region).

Hurricane Irene Timeline:

Friday, August 26, 2011:

  • 12:25 p.m. EST -  At the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, ...[read more]

April Fool's Blizzard of '97

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 11:49 pm on April 1, 1997

FRAMINGHAM, MA - After an unusually warm winter, with little snow, people were a little amused when, during the last days of March, meteorologists started predicting a blizzard would hit the area.

[PHOTO] April Fools Blizzard, 1997, Framingham MA

Just the day before this photo was taken people were seen walking around downtown in t-shirts and shorts, but during the storm it was necessary for plows to pile 8-10 feet of snow in the rotary in Memorial Square to keep roads clear and traffic moving. (photo by Randy Harris)

It wasn't Yankee humor, but the weather forecasters did have the last laugh when rain, then sleet, then snow, snow, and more snow buried the town in 24" of the heavy wet stuff during the record setting single-day storm.

[PHOTO] Winter St. Dam, April Fools Blizzard, 1997, Framingham, MA

Warm temperatures returned almost immediately after the storm causing such fast melting snow and runoff that the ground vibrated as water pounded over the falls on Winter St. (photo by Randy Harris)

As luck had it, town elections, originally scheduled for April 2nd had already been moved up to April 8th.. this was done because Framingham Public Schools were on vacation for the week, which also lessened the impact of the storm--- school kids were home to enjoy the snow without adding snow days to the end of the school year.


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