School Closure Leads Storm Prep

The Old Rochester Regional School District and Massachusetts Superintendency Union #55 announced on their Facebook page today that ORR District schools will be closed on Tuesday, February 13, due to the anticipated winter storm that is predicted to bring unfavorable conditions to the area.

ORR District schools include ORR High School, Junior High and the four elementary schools, Center School and Old Hammondtown in Mattapoisett, Sippican Elementary in Marion, and Rochester Memorial School.

Earlier this afternoon, the Town of Mattapoisett relayed the National Weather Service’s issuance of a Winter Storm Warning for Plymouth County in response to a storm that will hit the community from 1:00 am Tuesday morning and will continue to 1:00 am Wednesday.

Heavy snow is expected with accumulation of 4 to 8 inches and winds gusting as high as 50 mile per hour. The heaviest snow is likely to occur Tuesday between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm; snow is projected to end between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

The Tuesday morning commute could be difficult with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour at times (predicted after 7:00 am). Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Coastal flooding is possible during the afternoon with the projected high tide.

Wet snow and low temperatures could make travel difficult from Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.

Power outages are possible given the expected heavy snow and high winds.

Trash pickup in Mattapoisett will be delayed by one day in response to the storm.

The Town of Marion has announced in anticipation of the storm that the Marion Town House, Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center, Music Hall and other non-essential municipal buildings will be closed on Tuesday, February 13.

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