UPDATED: Snow Emergency Declared in Watertown for Wednesday’s Snow Storm

{Updated March 20 at 4:40 p.m. – The previous version of the story incorrectly said trash will not be collected}

With another storm looming, the Department of Public Works has declared a snow emergency in Watertown. Vehicles will not be allowed to be parked on public streets, and could be towed. See more the announcement below:

A winter weather event is predicted with high winds and 6 to 10 inches of snow accumulation. The Superintendent of Public Works has declared a snow emergency effective 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 and will remain in effect until further notice. There will be no delay in trash pickup.

Watertown Calls Snow Emergency for Nor’easter, Council Meeting Postponed

Tuesday’s Nor’easter has not arrived but has already closed town offices, and postponed events. 

The Watertown Public Schools will have a snow day on Tuesday, according to the district website. The Town of Watertown announced that Town Hall, the Watertown Free Public Library and the Senior Center will be closed Tuesday, and Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting has been postponed. It will be rescheduled to Thursday, March 15 at 7:15 p.m.

Also, the Watertown High School’s boys basketball team’s state semifinal will be postponed and moved. The game was moved to Burlington High School at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. A winter weather event is predicted with high winds and 10 plus inches of snow accumulation.

Another Nor’easter Heading Toward Watertown on Monday & Tuesday

Just when the Snow Emergency from the last storm was lifted another Nor’easter looms on the horizon for Watertown and the rest of Eastern Massachusetts. The  third snow storm this month is due to start hitting Monday and continue through Tuesday with half a foot or more of snow possible. 

The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Storm Watch from 11 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018, to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Forecasters from different TV stations have different predictions, but all say that Eastern Massachusetts is likely to get several inches of snow. WHDH Channel 7 weather forecasters say it will be 6-12 inches. WCVB Channel 5’s forecast says 5-10 inches, and WBZ Channel 4 predicts 6-9 inches. The snow will not be as wet and heavy as the last storm, and wind gusts of 25 mph are expected, according to the National Weather Service.

Mid-Week Nor’Easter Could Drop Half a Foot of Snow on Area

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.

Snow Storm Could Drop Several Inches of Snow Saturday Night

A winter storm will hit the area on Saturday night into Sunday, with three or more inches of snow expected in town. Snow is expected to start falling around 9 p.m. The Boston area is expected to get 3-6 inches of snow and could be heavy at times, according to WCVB Channel 5. The weather will quickly change to a sunny Sunday, with a high of 44, according to the National Weather Service. Next week, the temps could reach the 60s!

Heavy Rains Friday, Saturday Could Result in Flooding in Watertown

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Friday and Saturday. Up to three inches of rain could drop on the area during that time, and combining with melting snow could lead to flooding. Heavy rain is expected to hit the area beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Saturday morning. The rain plus the snow melt could result in stream and river flooding. The Flood Watch is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Expected Snowfall Amount Increased in Thursday’s Storm

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.

Nor’easter Could Dump Several Inches of Snow on Area on Thursday

(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.