Watertown Digs Out After Blizzard of 2013
The heavy snow stopped early on Saturday, but there was plenty of work digging out from under the piles of snow.
[Updated Sunday, 2:20 p.m.] Stores and restaurants that have opened have plenty of business today.
The Watertown and Arsenal Malls are both open. A quick survey of town found that Deluxe Town Diner, Miller's Ale House, Uncommon Grounds are open and Strip T's opens at 3 p.m.
Still no word on whether schools will be open Monday.
[Updated Sunday, 9:35 a.m.] Stores and restaurants are reopening after the storm, but getting there may be a challenge. The MBTA said it would be reopening Monday, but the system won't be running Sunday.
The Arsenal Mall opens today at 11 a.m., according to the mall website. Strip T's announced on Twitter that it will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Uncommon Grounds is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The parking ban due to the Snow Emergency continues.
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[Original post] By dawn on Saturday, the Blizzard of 2013 was on its way out but the storm left much work behind for Watertown residents who had to dig out from snow drifts up to their car's bumpers or higher.
Nearly half the town lost power Friday night and early Saturday morning, but by morning electricity was not people's main concern because NStar restored virtually all power. Residents spent much of Saturday digging out after the storm.
At least two feet of snow fell on Watertown in the storm, with the National Weather Service reporting measurements of 26 inches in Cambridge, 27 in Belmont and 25 in Waltham. Snow drifts and snow plowed up on sidewalks left piles 3 feet deep or more.
(Check out the time-lapse photography video of the blizzard created by reader Vatche Arabian by clicking here.)
A few stores opened Saturday, including CVS and Dunkin' Donuts in Watertown Square. Municipal parking lots have been plowed, but the cars parked there remained under a thick layer of snow Saturday afternoon.
Watertown's snow emergency remains in effect until further notice, including the on-street parking ban.
Drivers can hit the streets again, but it is not clear when those using public transportation will be able to hop a bus or train. MBTA service was not restored Saturday, and on Sunday morning the T announced that service will not be restored until Monday's commute.