Half of Massachusetts town still without power after winter storm downs trees and power lines

HARVARD, Mass. — Half of a town in central Massachusetts remains without power Tuesday afternoon as officials work to get answers on a restoration plan from National Grid.

In a post shared on Facebook shortly after 2 p.m., the Harvard Police Department wrote, “As of right now it appears that 50% of the Town of Harvard is still without power. Unfortunately, as of right now, we have not been able to get any answers from National Grid on what their plan for restoration is. They are also unable to provide us with any information on what resources have been deployed to the Town or where they are (if any).”

Due to the uncertainty of the situation, Harvard police noted that a warming center will be open at the Bromfield School from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Please feel free to come down and get warm and charge your cellphones,” police said in the post.

In a statement, Vice President of New England Electric Operations Tanya Moniz-Witten said, “Our crews have been working through challenging conditions and remain dedicated to restoring customers as quickly as possible while keeping our teams and the public safe. We are on track to restore most customers by tonight, and we will continue working until every last customer has had their service restored.”

Monday’s storm toppled trees and branches as wet snow piled up, leading to downed power lines.

Harvard Public Schools were closed Tuesday as a result of the storm damage and outages.

The storm also forced the closure of nearby Wachusett Mountain in Westminster.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses across Massachusetts and New Hampshire also remained without power Tuesday.

Another round of snow is in the forecast for Wednesday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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