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Natick Patch Storm Center: How Much Snow Has Natick Received?

Check back often as we provide updates on closings, accidents and more from the winter storm.

Winter storm warning in effect. Courtesy NWS
Winter storm warning in effect. Courtesy NWS
According to meteorologist Harvey Leonard at WCVB, Dick Whalen has reported 9.5 inches of snow in Natick.

Leonard said Whalen took more than 20 measurements around town.

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The Natick Mall will open at 10 a.m., however many retailers may not be open at that point. Contact individual stores for details. Employees are asked to contact their managers for specific opening plans.

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Due to the weather, Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital will open at noon today.

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Due to the inclement weather conditions, the Avalon Natick Leasing Office will be closed today but will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

If you have a service emergency requiring an immediate response, call the 24-hour Maintenance Line at 866-631-8479.

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Due to the inclement weather, Doctors Express - Natick will be open at 10 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. today. 

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Need sleds, gloves or hats for your snow day? Head over to the Natick Outdoor Store. They are open today.

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Town Hall will be closed today.  All other non-emergency Town building (libraries, Community-Senior Center, Cole) will also be closed.

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Natick Public Schools cancelled classes for Friday due to the snowstorm, it announced on its website.

Students had school today despite dozens of other districts extending the holiday break.

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Some Natick middle school parents say they were not prepared to hear their students were being released early today due to the snowstorm.

Eblasts from both Wilson and Kennedy middle schools sent out late Thursday morning mentioned no after-school activities and no late buses, but did not mention an early release time.

Parents took to Facebook to air their displeasure.

"Students were released 10 to 15 minutes early," Administrative Assistant Sharon Reilly told Natick Patch. "We were trying to keep time schedules reasonable for rest of the district. We anticipated travel time would be longer."

Only students who are bused to school were allowed to leave early she said. Walker stayed until the normal dismissal time.

Buses in Natick start with the two middle schools, then Natick High School, and finish with the elementary schools. 

Reilly said Superintendent Peter Sanchioni has not made decision on Friday classes.

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Frozen Ropes Natick will be closed today beginning at 5 p.m. due to the weather. If you had a class scheduled you should have received an email with makeup options.

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Bruno's Barber Shop is closing at 4 p.m. due to the Nor'easter. They ask you call before you come down on Friday morning. 

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The Framingham/Worcester Line Train P522 (2:10 pm from Worcester / Union Station) is delayed today due to snow by 15-20 minutes.

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The Natick Mall will remain open until 9 p.m. Some stores may close early due to the storm so call individual stores for details.

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Kid to Kid Natick will be closing today at 5 p.m. due to the weather conditions. 

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Bikram Yoga Natick has called today's 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. classes and Friday's 6 a.m. class.

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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. and will delay opening on Friday 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.  

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Villari Martial Arts is closed today and will reopen on Saturday with a new Saturday schedule.

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Selectman Joshua Ostroff, who is the chair of the MBTA Advisory Committee, said tonight's meeting has been rescheduled for Jan. 15. 

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Revolution Martial Fitness will be closed today due to the snowstorm. It will re-open on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a full schedule of classes with Jared.

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Due to weather conditions Taglio Salon will be closing earlier than normal.

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Natick Public Schools has announced the cancellation of all after-school activities for today.

School will end at the normal time today.

There is still no word on whether classes will be cancelled tomorrow.

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Natick, effective midnight tonight to 11 a.m. Friday.

Wind chill index may reach -16.

A wind chill advisory is issued when the wind chill index is likely to reach -15 to -24 degrees for at least three hours. Frostbite can develop in just 30 minutes with a wind chill index of -20. 

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Click here for important cold-weather safety tips.

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According to NSTAR, there are currently two power outages reported in Natick.

If you experience a power outage, tell us in the comments section below.

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According to the superintendent's office, a decision on whether to cancel classes on Friday will be made some time tonight.

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There will be no after school activities today at Kennedy Middle School.  

Students must take the 2 p.m. bus.  There will be no late buses today.   

ASAP will close at 3 p.m. If your student attends ASAP, you must arrange for them to be picked up by 3 p.m.

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The Morse Institute Library will close at 1 p.m. today due to the winter storm.

The library will be closed tomorrow as well.

Bookmobile visits to Sherwood Village and Cedar Gardens and ESOL classes are canceled.

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Due to the weather, there will be no after-school activities at Wilson Middle School.  

Students must take the 2 p.m. bus. There will be no late buses today.  

ASAP will close at 3 p.m. If your student attends ASAP, you must arrange for them to be picked up by 3 p.m.

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Palettes Natick is "pulling the plug" on tonights painting event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (Japanese Bridge) in anticipation of Gov. Deval Patrick askking everyone to stay off the roads.

If you're registered for tonight, you'll be receiving a phone call or email some time today to confirm the cancelation and discuss your options.

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Natick Mall officials have announced it will open at 10 a.m.

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Bikram Yoga Natick will have its 9:30 a.m. class  this morning. No decision has been made on Tonight's classes.
 
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According to the National Weather Service, there is the potential for wind chills of 15 to 25 below later Thursday night into early Saturday. Wind chills look coldest Friday night into Saturday morning.

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Natick Patch has sent an email to Superintendent Peter Sanchioni asking when a decision whether to cancel classes will be made.

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Natick Mall officials will make a decision on operating hours for Thursday on Thursday morning.

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Iron Horse craft store will be open for as long as it seems safe Thursday.

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The National Weather Service has upgraded the winter storm watch to a winter storm warning.

The affected area includes Natick.

The warning is from Thursday at 4 a.m. until Friday at 10 a.m.

Predicted snow accumulations have increased to 8 to 14 inches.

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

Numerous schools in Massachusetts have already canceled school for Thursday. As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, school was still on for Natick for Thursday.

Below is the original story.

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The long holiday break for Natick students could be extended thanks to the new year's first winter storm that is expected to hit the area Thursday and Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm watch is in effect for all of southern New England, including Natick, from late Wednesday night through Friday morning.

Most of the affect area can expect anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow. Residents living along the eastern coastline of Massachusetts should prepare from 8 to 14 inches, with near blizzard conditions.

Snowfall is predicted to start after midnight on Wednesday. There may be a lull in the storm on Thursday, but pick up in intensity with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour, resulting in whiteout conditions.

Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph, will result in dangerous wind chills.

A winter storm watch is issued when the potential for 6 or more inches of snow is predicted in a 12-hour period, , or 8 or more inches in a 24-hour period.
Jessa Huff January 02, 2014 at 02:57 PM
I think it was a great idea to let the buses go a little early. It's not like they got home any earlier. With the crappy roads, the buses dropped the kids off at the same time. Anyway, if they didn't let them out early, the same parents would be complaining when their elementary school kids were home late.
KMR January 02, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Sharon Reilly, why was a decision made regarding an early dismissal without any notification, call, email or text to any parent of these Middle School children? I guess you were as uniformed as we were because my child, a walker, was dismissed 15 minutes early. Please explain this. Thank you, Kathy Leombruno
Robyn Spinazola January 02, 2014 at 03:16 PM
There is no way that the time frame wss10-15 mminutes!! It had to be at least 20, because my child walked in the door at the time he normally gets on the Bus!! Just thankful I was home and he wasn't locked out in the cold! Parents should be notified of ANY change in dismissal, whether those that make the decision feel it's significant or not!!! So not safe!!

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