Snow Emergency in effect 3/14/17 at 5:00 am

Watertown Department of Public Works
From Director Gerald Mee

Date: 3/13/17

Based on numerous weather forecasts for the Tuesday storm I am declaring a snow emergency effective at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, running until further notice.

The weather forecasts vary dramatically ranging in accumulation from 10 to 18 inches. My best estimate at this time is we will receive approximately 10-14 inches of snow. Accumulation for this storm is difficult to predict and will be difficult to measure as they are forecasting sleet to be mixing in during different points of the storm and sleet tends to mat throwing off the accumulation number.

March storms are always very difficult as the temperature range varies dramatically as well.

We anticipate the early portions of the storm to be colder temperatures which will produce lighter snow and as additional weather comes from the south conditions will change to wetter and heavier snow. The weather forecasters are also predicting thunder snow and referring to this storm as a storm with substantial impact.

If we receive the heavier, wetter snow we will be forced to tow vehicles from the street, I am hoping that everyone complies with the snow emergency, however, past experience has proved that many people ignore the parking restriction of a snow emergency.

I have already delayed trash pickup for Tuesday by one day which means Tuesday‘s trash will be picked up on Wednesday and so on.

I will keep you informed.

** Please continue to check our WPD Facebook and Twitter for updates on the snow emergency **

Winter Off-Street Parking –
Residents are urged to use designated off street parking areas as listed below:
• Police Station at 552 Main Street
• Any public school parking lot
• Marion Road at Victory Field
• The lot at Boylston Street and Mt. Auburn Streets

**Please remember – during a snow event, any vehicle parked at a school facility must be removed no later than 6 AM the day school resumes.

Trash/Recycling Collection:
Trash/Recycling Collection for Monday, Tuesday 14, 2017 has been postponed until Wednesday. Trash/Recycling will be pushed back by one day for the remainder of the week.

Additional Reminders
• During a storm travel conditions can be extremely poor and residents are advised to remain in-doors.
• Please assist the Public Works, Fire and Police Department by keeping vehicles off the street and allowing our streets to be de iced and cleared from snow.
• Be patient as snow plowing operations are extremely difficult and time consuming.
• Please assist us in protecting your neighborhood by shoveling out the fire hydrant / drainage catch basins closest to your home or business.
• Remember the Public Works snow plow operators are working through extremely poor weather conditions trying to make every street accessible for public safety.
• Please do not attempt to stop the snow plow!

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