What Bostonians need to know this week
Another nor'easter is heading our way, plus more things to know as you start the week.
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What to know this week:
All eyes on another big storm: It’s looking like another nor’easter will impact the region midweek. The National Weather Service said winds could be strong, and that precipitation combined with low temperatures may lead to “plowable snow.” The service expects to have a better estimate of the storm’s potential impact as the system gets closer, meteorologist Alan Dunham told Boston.com Sunday morning.
[UPCOMING WEEK] Winds are likely to remain an issue thru Monday during which there’s a shot at a coating to 2″ of snow late Sunday into Sunday night; pick of the week is Tuesday which will be quiet and dry before the potential Nor’Easter by midweek w/ possible plowable snow pic.twitter.com/40h8RZivhE
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 3, 2018
Next nor’easter arrives Wednesday. Likely brings significant rain and/or snow. Winds will be gusty as well. #noreaster pic.twitter.com/wPkpEcz2WJ
— Dave Epstein (@growingwisdom) March 4, 2018
Finalizing the marijuana industry rules: The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has until March 15 to submit the finalized regulations for how it wants the state’s marijuana industry to operate. The five-person commission has been working for months, and it’s scheduled to meet twice this week to review and vote on the final package.
State of UMass: UMass president Marty Meehan is set to deliver the annual “State of the University” speech Monday. Meehan is expected to speak about college affordability, and many top-ranking state officials are expected to attend.
Spring (street) cleaning: It’s the first full week of daytime street sweeping in the North End, South End, and Beacon Hill. March 1 marked the return of daytime sweeping, which does not run during January and February.
Expect weekend traffic in the Back Bay: If you plan to drive through Kenmore Square or the Back Bay this weekend, you might want to give yourself some extra time. On Saturday and Sunday, MassDOT plans to close parts of Mass. Ave. near Comm. Ave. and plans to detour traffic in the area.
Spring ahead: Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 2 a.m., so bump forward your clocks on any devices that aren’t smart enough to do it on their own.
What you missed over the weekend:
State assesses storm damage: Massachusetts was in a state of emergency after a powerful nor’easter flooded streets, toppled trees, and knocked out power throughout the region. One Massachusetts man was confirmed dead Saturday afternoon as a result of the storm. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency advises residents to call power and utility companies for outage information or 2-1-1 for non-emergency questions.
15 shelters and 4 warming centers are open with a combined occupancy number of 132 people.
Call 2-1-1 (@Mass_211) for shelter locations or for non-emergency storm-related questions. Check with your utility company for power outage status and restoration info. pic.twitter.com/F2QTe75udv
— MEMA (@MassEMA) March 4, 2018
Quadruple homicide in Central Mass.: A mother and her three children who were found dead Thursday in their West Brookfield home were murdered, Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said Saturday. He also asked the public to help locate a yellow plastic fuel can that may be connected to the killings.
McAvoy out: Charlie McAvoy, the Bruins’ star rookie who previously played for Boston University, suffered a lower-body injury 37 seconds into Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens and was out for the rest of the night. Coach Bruce Cassidy said they will have a better idea of his status by Monday. (The Bruins won 2-1 in overtime.)
The Pats went scouting: Bill Belichick and other members of the Patriots coaching staff attended the annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis over the weekend, scouting NFL prospects who underwent athletic testing, drills, and evaluations. Hundreds of NFL prospects participated in this year’s event, which wraps up Monday. The Patriots may be looking for a new quarterback to back up Tom Brady.
And speaking of Brady … remember his lackluster performance at the 2000 Combine?
What’s happening in Boston:
Quite a pairing: The fourth-annual Boston Beer and Cheese Fest is downtown this weekend. It’ll feature 25 local breweries and 12 cheese makers, and according to the event’s Facebook page, tickets are still available for Friday.
What to go hear: Two of The Grateful Dead’s original surviving members will play at the Wang Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, and Boston-based group Air Traffic Controller plays a free show at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday. Check out more about this month’s concert scene here.
This week’s Celtics schedule:
Monday, March 5: 8 p.m. at the Chicago Bulls on NBC Sports Boston
Thursday, March 8: 8 p.m. at the Minnesota Timberwolves on TNT
Sunday, March 11: 7:30 p.m. versus the Indiana Pacers on NBC Sports Boston
This week’s Bruins schedule:
Tuesday, March 6: 7 p.m. versus the Detroit Redwings on NBC Sports Network and NESN
Thursday, March 8: 7 p.m. versus the Philadelphia Flyers on NESN
Saturday, March 10: 1 p.m. versus the Chicago Blackhawks on NESN
Sunday, March 11: 12:30 p.m. at the Chicago Blackhawks on NBC
This week’s Revolution schedule:
Saturday, March 10: 1:30 p.m. versus the Colorado Rapids on NBC Sports Boston