Effects of Tropical Storm Elsa Expected to be Felt in Watertown

National Weather Service

Tropical Storm Elsa will pass over southern New England on Friday, and Watertown is forecast to get heavy rains and wind from the storm. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Tropical Storm Warning at 5 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2021, for southeast Middlesex County, as well as for Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeast Mass. The Warning means that Tropical Storm force winds are expected within the next 36 hours. The storm is expected to kick up winds of 5 to 10 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph. Potential power outages and road closures could result from tree limbs and other items falling on power lines and roadways.

July 7 Watertown Summer Concert Postponed

The Town of Watertown announced the postponement of Wednesday’s Summer Concert featuring Tony Soul Project due to expected storms in the area. The Town sent out the following message. “Hello Concertgoers, due to the extreme heat and the possibility of storms predicated for this afternoon, the Wednesday, July 7, 2021 concert at Saltonstall Park has been postponed. The Tony Soul Project will perform on another evening this summer! Stay tuned, and stay cool and safe!”

RMV Closing Early Due to Storm, MassDOT Encourages People to Avoid Roads

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public against traveling as the National Weather Service is forecasting heavy snow rates per hour in the early afternoon today, Monday, February 1. Snowfall rates may exceed one inch per hour on Monday afternoon and Monday night. The very strong winds will lead to blowing snow and greatly reduced visibility during the height of the storm. “We urge the public to take this storm seriously because driving conditions will be difficult, with heavy snow falling at a fast rate and gusty winds expected,” said Acting Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler. “During the storm, we are advising the public to stay home and don’t drive if you don’t have to.” 

“We are encouraging those workers who have the ability to work remotely to do so tomorrow,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “If you do have to be on the roads we urge you to plan ahead and to be off the roadways by mid-day. We expect roadways to become snow covered and slippery in the afternoon and through the evening with limited visibility and high winds as the storm progresses.”

MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed throughout the Commonwealth as conditions necessitate. Highway Districts continually conduct preparation activities in advance of new weather systems and are able to pretreat roadways with brine and Magnesium Chloride when necessary.

Snow Storm Could Drop More than 6 Inches on Watertown

The snowfall forecast for Dec. 16 and 17 from WBZ Channel 4. A Nor’easter will be hitting Eastern Massachusetts late Wednesday to late Thursday and is expected to impact the morning commute. The storm will likely hit the Boston area around midnight, according to WBZ Channel 4 weather. Watertown falls in the area where 6 to 12 inches of snow is forecast.

Weather Cancels Watertown Farmers Market

The following information was provided by the Watertown Farmers Market:

Watertown Farmers’ Market Market Closed Today! Wednesday, August 21st Due to the forecast of severe weather today and the threat of thunderstorms, today’s market is cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday for our Back to School Celebration.