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STORM CENTER: First Flakes of 2014 Falling in Wellesley

Courtesy of Wellesley Police Department
Courtesy of Wellesley Police Department
Get your shovels ready, Wellesley. You're going to need them.

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.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 10 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Needham is to get  8 to 14 inches of snow. There will be “considerable blowing and drifting snow with near blizzard conditions possible at times tonight into Friday morning,” according to the website.

“The snow will become heavier tonight and winds will also increase. This will result in dangerously low wind chills.”

Winds will be northeast 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Visibility will be one quarter to a half mile at times.

A winter storm warning is issued when an average of 6 or more inches of snow is expected in a 12 hour period or for 8 or more inches in a 24 hour period.

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 Wellesley expected to get Thursday and Friday? Here are the projections as of Thursday at 9 a.m.

Closings and Cancelations 
Friday, Jan. 3
3:30 p.m.: Boys freshman basketball will play tomorrow at 1 p.m., junior varsity at 2:30 p.m. and varsity 4 p.m. Gymnastics will face Weymouth Jan. 12. 

1:56 p.m.: The Wellesley Free Library is closed for the day due to snow. The virtual library is open, however.

10:50 a.m.: All Massachusetts Courthouses are closed for the day.

10:40 a.m.: Wellesley Town Hall is closed for the day while the DPW works to clear the roads. However, the Recycling & Transfer Station is open.

1:50 a.m.: Wellesley College and Babson College will be closed today.

Thursday, Jan. 2
9:10 p.m. Tomorrow's boys swimming and diving meet vs. Needham has been moved to Saturday at 4 p.m. at Babson.

5:30 p.m.: There will be no classes at Massachusetts Bay Community College tomorrow.

3:31 p.m.: Wellesley Public Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 3.

3:15 p.m.: Town Hall closed today, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m.

3:07 p.m.: The Permanent Building Committee meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. 

2:52 p.m.: In consideration of public and staff safety in light of the current coastal storm, the Massachusetts Trial Court will close courthouses statewide today at 3 p.m. on Jan. 2, and will delay opening on Friday, Jan. 3 in all counties until noon. An assessment for Friday afternoon operations will be made in the morning. No first-day jurors are scheduled to report on Friday.  

2:19 p.m.: Babson College will be closing for the rest of the day and Friday.

12:16 p.m.: Branches Library is closed today, Jan. 2, and the Main Library will be closing at 1 p.m.   

10:55 a.m.: Wellesley Public Schools are closing early today.

8 a.m.: Wellesley Public Schools are open for Thursday. Massachusetts Bay Community College, however, is closing at noon. Due to the weather, there will be no afternoon classes.

Check back for information on possible early releases or Friday cancellations. 

Traffic Accidents and Updates

6 p.m.: Traffic around Wellesley is light. Roads are snow covered. One traffic crash on Route 9 west near Cedar Street ongoing right now.

12:19 p.m.: Wellesley Police Department cleared an accident on Route 9 east. Traffic is slow going. 

8:54 a.m.: Wellesley Police Department is assisting a disabled motor vehicle on Route 9 west at Bradford Road.

Helpful Links
Emergency Tips for Handling Extreme Cold
Blizzard Warning for Parts of Massachusetts
Governor: State Offices Close at 3 p.m., Highways Remain Open

Fun Links
Snowfall Totals for Boston, Surrounding Area
Wellesley Takes To Social Media During Snow Storm
PHOTO GALLERY: First Snow Storm of 2014 in Wellesley
Did You Send Your Children to School or Keep Them Home?
Share Your Snow Photos on Patch!
How Would You Rate Wellesley's Plowing?

Wellesley Emergency Contacts
  • In case of an emergency, dial 911
  • Wellesley Police Department - 781-235-1212
  • Wellesley Fire Department - 781-235-1300
  • National Grid power outages: 800-465-1212
  • National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
  • NStar: Report a power outage website
  • Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
  • Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)
  • RCN: 1-866-TECH-RCN (1-866-832-4726) 
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