With heavy snow fall expected Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, some cancellations and closings have been announced in Watertown. Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting has been cancelled and rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:15 p.m. All items on the agenda will be heard Thursday, including three requests for cell antennas around Watertown. Also cancelled is the Watertown Public School’s Budget and Finance Subcommittee Meeting, which had been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The Watertown Public Schools also announced there will be no after school or evening activities on Tuesday.
Snow will hit the Watertown area Tuesday afternoon and could make for a messy evening commute. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from 2 p.m. Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday. The precipitation will begin as snow and turn to sleet and then freezing rain. Forecasters at WBZ Channel 4 say that the area could get 3 to 6 inches of snow during the storm. Ice is possible Tuesday night, especially north and west of Rte.
The second Nor’easter in less than a week could drop as much as 6 inches of snow on the Watertown area. The National Weather Services issued a Winter Storm Watch from 6 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 8. Snow will start falling lightly in the morning and the heaviest snowfall will be on Wednesday night, according to WHDH Channel 7’s forecast. Watertown is near the line between the 3-6 inches and 7-12 inches of snowfall on WHDH’s snow forecast map. Winds will not be as intense as Friday’s storm, which cause damage in Watertown including bringing down several utility poles on Arsenal Street and knocked down trees.
The snowstorm rolling through the area Thursday will be heavier than first thought, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service forecast calls for 8-12 inches of snow, with areas as much as 14 inches, during the storm that will start at in the early hours of Thursday and continue for 24 hours. On Tuesday, the forecast was for 5-7 inches. The snow map produced by WCVB Channel 5, Watertown is in the area forecast to get 10-15 inches of snow. Blizzard conditions are possible during the storm.
(Read the latest update on Thursday’s storm here. The expected snow totals have been increased). A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Eastern Massachusetts on Thursday, and the storm could drop half a foot or more of snow on Watertown. The Nor’easter is forecast to hit the area beginning the around 1 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, and continue through the day.
Winter’s first big storm will hit the Boston area on Thursday, with three or more inches of snow forecast for Watertown.
Snow will fall before 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, and will turn to rain. At 5 p.m. it will be a mix of rain and snow. After 11 p.m. the precipitation will turn back to snow. WCVB Channel 5’s early snowfall forecast shows Watertown on the edge of the areas with 1-3 inches and 3-6 inches. The Cape will get less than an inch, while West of Worcester and New Hampshire will get more than 6 inches. Friday’s forecast is for sunny weather with a high of 37 degrees.
Watertown will be hit by windy weather Thursday, followed by bitter cold temperatures on Friday.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning from 5 p.m. on Thursday until 4 a.m. on Friday. Sustained winds will be between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph. The strongest winds are expected after 8 p.m.
The winds could bring down branches and trees, which could lead to power outages. Be prepared with heating alternatives that do not rely on electricity. The winds, combined with low temperatures will create the possibility of wind chills below zero.
Hurricane Hermine is forecast to be off-shore this weekend, which could make for a rainy, windy Labor Day. The National Weather Service has a Hazardous Weather Outlook which says the hurricane could hit Southern New England from Sunday into Tuesday with rain and strong winds. The track of the storm, however, remains uncertain, so the impact may change. Due to the Labor Day holiday, trash collection in Watertown will be pushed back a day, so those normally with Monday pickup will be Tuesday, etc. Also, Town Hall and the Watertown Free Public Library will be closed for the holiday.