UPDATE: October Snowstorm Causes Scattered Power Outages in Stoughton
The Stoughton area was spared the worst of the storm, which dumped upwards of two feet of snow in western Massachusetts.
Stoughton was hit by a rare October snowstorm in the early morning hours of Sunday, blanketing the town with a couple of inches of snow on the eve of Halloween.
While the worst of the storm hit the central and western part of Massachusetts, where some towns received upwards of two feet of snow, there were still scattered power outages in Stoughton, according to the National Grid website.
National Grid was reporting a little more than 900 outages in town as of 8 p.m. on Sunday, or about 7.7 percent of the town’s 11,887 customers.
As of 8 a.m. on Monday, National Grid reported 165 outages in town, or a little more than 1 percent of the town's customers.
The hardest hit areas are Bay Rd./Central St. near Cobbs Corner and Highland St. There are also pockets of outages near the intersection of Canton St. and Central St., in a neighborhood off Pearl St. near the Canton line, and the Morton St./Plain St. area.
As of 7 p.m. on Sunday, MEMA, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, was reporting about 650,000 power outages statewide. Locally, Foxboro and Wrentham have been hit hard with more than 95 percent of their towns still without power (like Stoughton, both are served by National Grid). About half of Sharon, served by NSTAR, was without power as of Sunday evening.
The National Grid website said the company was “assessing the condition” of the outages and did not give an estimated time power would be restored in Stoughton.
“During a major outage, crews begin restoring service as soon as safe conditions are established. Under National Grid’s priority system, repair crews first address problems with transmission lines and substations that serve large numbers of customers, restoring critical customers such as hospitals and public safety facilities,” National Grid said in a press release.
“While this work is underway, additional crews activate work on substations and primary lines serving large numbers of customers. Next, crews target secondary lines serving local neighborhoods and finally, lines and transformers within neighborhoods and the wires that connect them to homes and businesses until power is restored in full,” National Grid continued.
Contractor crews from as far away as North Carolina, Michigan and Ohio are aiding in the response, the company said.
National Grid called the snowstorm an “unprecedented blow” and said its “on record as the worst October snowstorm in New England history.” The company stressed to treat all downed wires as live and dangerous.
To report power outages or to report cable or telephone service issues, use the following numbers:
- National Grid outage reporting: 1-800-465-1212
- Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)
- Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
The storm caused a number of weekend activities to be postponed or canceled, including Saturday evening’s Haunted Hayride and Sunday’s Stoughton Police Trick or Treat downtown tour (both of which were canceled) and Sunday’s Canton Fall Classic, which has been postponed until next Sunday, Nov. 6.
With temperatures in the 40s on Sunday, the minimal accumulation already started to melt, but with temperatures expected to dip below freezing overnight, some roads or parking lots may be icy for the Monday morning commute. Forecasts have the temperature reaching the 50s in the daylight hours on Monday.