UPDATE: From the mayor's office Friday afternoon:
In response to the National Weather Service’s forecast of a snowstorm on Saturday, February 11, Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan is announcing a 24 hour on-street parking ban in the Town of Braintree effective from 7:00 am Saturday, February 11 through 7 am on Sunday, February 12.
“This is our first indication of winter and the latest forecasts indicate 3” – 6” of snow for our area but we will be prepared for whatever we get”, said Mayor Sullivan. We ask that everyone follow the parking ban so that our crews can properly clear the streets.”
The Braintree Police Department will be strictly enforcing the parking ban as well as coordinating with the Braintree Fire Department and Fallon Ambulance to ensure town-wide emergency response and ambulance services will not be interrupted by the storm.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we work through this storm to ensure the public’s safety,” said Sullivan.
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Rain will turn into snow after midnight tonight, leading to an accumulation in Braintree on Saturday of anywhere from three to five or even six inches.
Temperatures are expected to hover around freezing on Saturday, the National Weather Service reports, meaning that some areas of Massachusetts, especially Cape Cod, could get a mix of rain and snow.
"A closer storm track could bring higher snowfall totals to the region while a track further away from the region could mean lighter snowfall for the Braintree area," Bob James, head of the Braintree Emergency Management Agency, said in an email on Friday.
Snow should leave by around 8 p.m. on Saturday night, according to the NWS. Lows that night will be around 19 degrees, with wind chill below zero. Sunday and Monday are forecast to be cold and clear.