Watertown will be in the midst of some strong winter weather over the weekend and the city has declared a snow emergency.

In addition, on Friday, Johnson Creek also declared a snow emergency for Saturday and Sunday.

The National Weather Service is predicting a heavy snow event for the Watertown area Saturday, according to Watertown Police Department officials. Snow is expected to develop in the area on Saturday afternoon and continue through Saturday evening. Total snow accumulations, as of Thursday, was estimated at up to 6 inches or more of snow, officials said.

To assist the street department in its anticipated plowing and cleanup efforts, the Watertown Police Department Thursday declared a city-wide snow emergency that will go into effect at 11 p.m. Saturday night. The snow emergency will run for 48 hours.

During the 48-hour period of the snow emergency, parking on all city streets and alleys will be banned between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning, according to officials. Officials encourage residents who have no off-street parking available to utilize municipal parking lots or make arrangements with neighbors, relatives or friends to avoid a potential $50 citation. In addition, any vehicle that has been ticketed and remains parked at the same location for 24 or more hours afterward may be towed at the owner’s expense, according to officials.

Officials encourage citizens to monitor the Watertown Police Department web site at www.watertownpolice.com or the City of Watertown website www.ci.watertown.wi.us for updates.

In Johnson Creek, Chief of Police Gary Bleecker declared the snow emergency in the village from 7 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday. There is no parking on village street during the emergency.

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