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Revere fares well following latest winter blast

Despite the gale-force winds and threat of blizzard-predicted snow amount forecast, Revere handled Tuesday’s onslaught very well, according to Mayor Brian Arrigo. “Overall, things went smoothly during the storm,” Arrigo said.

During the height of the storm on Tuesday afternoon into early evening, rates of over two inches of snow and rain per hour were being reported with reduced visibilities of less than ¼ mile. According to the National Weather Service, much of Greater Boston fared very well when the snow turned to rain by late afternoon. Logan Airport reported only 6.6 inches of snow with high winds hitting around 60-plus miles per hour.

The school department cancelled school on both Tuesday and Wednesday. City Hall was closed, and a parking ban was in place most of the day on Tuesday.

“DPW crews did a good job keeping the streets clear, and residents were largely cooperative with the request to stay off the roads,” Arrigo said. “Only 13 cars were towed during the parking ban, which is a testament to the residents’ cooperation – for which we are very appreciative.”

During the last major storm in February, 18 cars were towed, so the decrease was a sign of improvement and that the city constantly updating their social media with the latest information was working. “We’ve worked hard to be as clear as possible in communicating information about parking bans to the public, and we’re glad to see those efforts paying off,” Arrigo said.

Approximately 1,100 Revere customers experienced power outages at some point due to the storm. Some customers were still without power on Wednesday.

“Some parts of the city experienced power outages during the storm. Our team was in constant communication with National Grid, ensuring that work was ongoing to restore service as quickly as possible,” Arrigo said. “Let’s hope this is our last storm for this year.”

Imagine, with this weekend’s expected forecasts of flurries and continued winter weather, it’s hard to believe spring is only a week away.

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