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Road Crews Ready for Pre-Halloween Snow and Wind

A late October Nor'Eastern is expected to hit the two towns with a few inches of snow and strong winds beginning on Saturday afternoon.

Public works crews in both towns say they are ready for anything Mother Nature tosses at them this weekend.

Weather forecasters are calling for the possibility of 1-3 inches of snow falling in a pre-Halloween storm on Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

Beyond the snow, the National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for late Saturday through Sunday morning in Hamilton and Wenham. Sustained wind of 25-35 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 55 mph are expected. The winds could cause tree damage and power outages, the weather service said.

In Hamilton, Director John Tomasz said that two sanders were ready to go on Friday afternoon. A few of the plow blades had been put on the trucks, he said.

The rest of the blades, Tomasz said, can be put on the trucks in 15 minutes.

Director Bill Tyack said the plows and sanders were on the trucks, plus the chainsaws were ready.

“We have people on standby waiting to be called,” Tyack said on Friday afternoon, adding it had become a “waiting game.”

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