GARDNER – A long winter storm lingered in Greater Gardner throughout the day Friday, Feb. 25, leaving behind 9 to 12 inches of snow overnight. The flakes started falling early in the morning and got stronger as the day went on.
According to several drivers, road conditions in Greater Gardner were hazardous during the morning drive.
“I was walking towards the hospital, and I turned onto Green Street and it looked like it hadn’t even been hit (by plows),” said Rachel Courtemanche of Gardner. “I had my four-wheel drive and I was going 15 miles per hour, and I was still slipping and sliding on the road. It was pretty good.”
In Hubbardston, a snowplow truck overturned after sliding off Williamsville Road around 8am. Part of the road between Kruse Road and Burnshirt Road was closed to traffic as crews worked to straighten the vehicle. The driver emerged unscathed from the incident.
Area officials have urged residents to stay off the roads, if possible.
“Please stay off the roads today if you don’t absolutely need to travel,” read a Facebook post from the Templeton Police Department. “Conditions are getting worse.”
Local shovelers had reason to be grateful. While much of the state received several inches of heavy, wet snow and sleet, local precipitation was generally much lighter and fluffier due to colder temperatures.
* Gardner City Hall was closed Friday due to the storm.
* Several local businesses were also closed, including The Velvet Goose, Dow Shoe Store and the new Glow Room tanning salon in Gardner, and KRO’s on the Common in Templeton. The Old Mill in Westminster and JK Crossroads in Templeton were closed for lunch, but hungry diggers, snowblowers or plow drivers weren’t entirely out of options – Williams restaurant in Gardner has open at 11 am for the day.
* Gardner Cinemas was open for all shows, while Gardner Ten Pins was scheduled to open at 3 p.m.
* All GFA Federal Credit Union and Athol Savings Bank stores in the area were closed for the day.
*Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center offices were closed to walk-in services due to the storm.
*Mount Wachusett Community College was closed for the day due to inclement weather.
The storm also affected garbage and recycling pickup for some Gardner residents. EL Harvey and Sons has announced that its commercial and residential routes have been delayed, with the affected routes due for completion on Saturday. Company officials reminded customers to ensure their containers were cleared of snow and easily accessible.