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STORM CENTER School Cancelled, Parking Ban Imposed

Check back here throughout the storm for updates on what's happening in Watertown.

The roads in Watertown weren't too bad at 1 p.m. Thursday. Photo credit: Charlie Breitrose.
The roads in Watertown weren't too bad at 1 p.m. Thursday. Photo credit: Charlie Breitrose.
[Update: 9:56 a.m.] The Arsenal Project will be open today, but not until noon, according to the mall's Twitter feed.

[Update: 9:46 a.m.] A message from Watertown Savings Bank's about its hours on Friday: "Watertown Savings Bank will open their Church Street, Watertown and North Waltham/Lexington branch drive ups only from Noon to 7 p.m. today Friday, January 3rd. And our Warrendale Branch drive up only from Noon to 6 p.m. All other branches and departments will be closed. Please be careful if you do have to go out today!"

[Update: 8:50 a.m. Friday] Good morning. How much snow are you seeing? Hard to see pavement on the side roads in Watertown. The storm has closed Town Hall, the Watertown Library and the Senior Center on Friday. Reminder that the town has called a Snow Emergency, which means no parking on the street. The emergency runs until noon on Saturday. See more details here.

Also, the Watertown High School boys and girls basketballs games have been postponed and will be played at a later date. 

[Update: 6:20 p.m. Thursday] A blizzard warning has been declared for parts of Massachusetts. Follow the storm on the updated weather map by clicking here.

[Updated, 3:23 p.m.] A parking ban has been declared for Watertown. Also, trash pickup will be delayed by one day.

[Updated, 3:01 p.m.] The Watertown Public Library will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

[UPDATED 11:46 a.m.] Thursday's Watertown Inauguration Ceremony has been cancelled, Town Council President Mark Sideris wrote in an announcement. Instead, elected officials will be sworn in at a small ceremony on Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers in Town Hall. See the announcement here.

[UPDATED: 11:45 a.m.] NSTAR reports four customers have lost power in Watertown. Anyone out there in the dark?

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Get your shovels ready, Watertown, they will come in handy Thursday - and Friday!

The first storm of 2014 is underway as the initial flakes began falling after midnight on Thursday. During the day on Thursday there will be some accumulation, though much of the snow will come Thursday night into Friday before the storm ends by Friday afternoon.

Below is what you need to know about this week's significant winter storm. We will be updating this storm center article throughout the storm, so be sure to check back throughout.

Current Forecasts

How much snow is Woburn expected to get Thursday and Friday? Here are the projections as of Thursday at 5 a.m.

Schools Closed

In case you missed it, Watertown Public Schools are closed for Thursday and Friday. Students won't return from winter break until Monday.


Closings/Cancellations

The Watertown Recreation Department has cancelled recreation programs for Thursday, Janaury 2 and Friday, Janaury 3 due to the snow storm, announced Recreation Director Peter Centola.

The Watertown High School Site Council Meeting scheduled for Thursday evening has been cancelled. 

The Alzheimer's Association MA/NH announced its offices in Watertown are closing at noon Thursday due to the storm on its Twitter account (@AlzheimersMANH).

Important Numbers

  • In an emergency, dial 911
  • Police Department:  617-972-6500
  • Fire Department: 617-972-6500
  • DPW: 617-972-6420
  • National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
  • NStar power outages: 800-592-2000 or the Report an Outage form.
  • Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
  • RCN: 1-866-TECH-RCN (1-866-832-4726) 
Be sure to follow Watertown Patch on Twitter and Facebook throughout the storm as we'll have ongoing updates there as well.

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