Middlesex County

Town of Ashby declares state of emergency, opens warming center after nor’easter buries region

ASHBY, Mass. — Tuesday’s nor’easter caused one Middlesex County town to take drastic measures after receiving over two feet of snow.

Ashby declared a state of emergency at 10 a.m. as the snow and high winds continue to pummel the least populated town in the county. Officials say they received 24-26 inches of snow on the ground and many roads are impassible due to fallen trees and downed wires.

The town emergency operations center is up and running, and MEMA has been called in to assist with additional resources. The storm has also prompted the fire department to recall all of their members due to the high number of calls received by dispatch, according to a spokesperson. A tree company, along with DCR have also been called to dispatch chainsaw crews to assist with downed trees in the area.

As of 3 p.m., Ashby has no commercial power and heavy snow continues to fall. The town announced Ashby Elementary will be open as a warming center until 8 p.m. and overnight warming centers will be available in neighboring towns.

More details will be provided as the information becomes available, according to town officials.

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

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