Stoughton was hit with its first measurable snowfall of the season on Friday and Saturday, picking up 4 inches in the predawn hours on Friday, and a little less during the day on Saturday.
Friday’s snow didn’t cancel school, but the Gibbons Elementary School on Morton St. closed due to a , giving those students a bonus day off.
The Stoughton Fire Department reported that Saturday morning was very busy with “slip and fall calls.”
Take a look at the photo gallery above to see pictures of the town blanketed in snow. Have any photos from the weekend snow? Upload them right to this article!
And, refer to the box below for some “snowy weather reminders” for the next time it snows:Snowy Weather Reminders
The snowy weather is finally here and with it comes some familiar reminders.
Jack Mitchell, of Stoughton’s Public Work Department, reminds “everyone to avoid street parking. It hastens things. Plus it protects your own car.”
While the roads may be treated, they will remain wet and therefore traffic will be slow going. The Stoughton Police Department addresses this concern by asking drivers (via their Facebook page), “to give yourselves plenty of time to get where you need to go and to drive safely. And remember, four wheel drive is for steering, not stopping!”
The following are winter weather safety tips from www.ready.gov:
* Stay indoors during a storm
* If you must go outside, dress for the weather:
- Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
- Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
- Wear a hat. A hat will prevent loss of body heat.
* Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
* Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
* Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
* Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
* Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
* Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.
* Drive only if it is absolutely necessary, but if you must drive:
- Travel in the day
- Don’t travel alone
- Keep others informed of your schedule
- Stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
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