By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
Flooding, dense fog, flash freezing, and road closures. They’re all in play tonight and into the weekend after the bitter cold has been replaced by spring-like temperatures and tropical rains, as previously reported by The Citizen Chronicle‘s own “Storm Magnet,” Dan Butler.
Throughout the region, the high temperatures and heavy rains have led to a great deal of melting rain, and have also spawned a significant amount of fog that is quite dense in some areas. Drivers are encouraged to slow down on the slick and puddling roadways due to the low visibility.
In the town of Holland, the Army Corps of Engineers have indefinitely closed Pond Bridge Road due to flooding concerns. The Holland Police Department reported late Friday afternoon that the road, which is adjacent to Holland Pond and runs from Brimfield Road to Morse Road, would be closed until further notice. Gates have been closed to prevent vehicular traffic. Though police said they have not been made aware of any prohibition of pedestrian usage of the roadway, they have urged caution due to the expected increase in water levels.
A little further out, the weather and flooding concerns has resulted in several high school sporting events being cancelled or postponed. Tyngsborough High School lost power shortly before 7:00pm, putting a wrinkle in the girls basketball team’s game against visiting Lowell Catholic. That game has been rescheduled to February 13 due to the power outage. In Needham, the boys basketball game against the Westboro Rangers has been postponed due to “a wet floor,” according to the Westboro athletic department’s Twitter account.
Additionally, though likely not weather-related, the Sturbridge Police Department reported shortly after 6:30pm on Friday that the traffic lights by the entrance to the Hobbs Brook Plaza were in “flash mode” due to an apparent wiring issue. Authorities stated Mass Highway is working to fix the issue, and that a local police officer was on scene to help with matters. As a result of the issue, police have temporarily prohibited left-hand turns onto Route 20 for vehicles coming out of the shopping plaza due to safety concerns.
In Auburn, the Town announced on Friday night that Republic Services had suspended their trash collection for the day. Auburn residents whose garbage is normally scheduled for Friday collection have been instructed to leave their trash toters at the curb as Republic Services will resume pickup service on Saturday morning.
As a reminder, localized flooding is at highly increased risk throughout the area through Saturday due to the heavy rain and melting snow. New updates will be added to this report if and when they come in to us.
Latest update: 12 January 2018, 7:41pm