Watertown Sees Record High TemperaturePosted: Updated:
The National Weather Services reports a record high temperature at the Watertown International Airport.
The NWS said the thermometer reached 56 degrees on Monday, breaking the previous record of 54 degrees set on February 4, 1991.
The normal high temperature for this date is 30 degrees.
For those who were out shoveling driveways and clearing walkways, the warm weather was a welcomed change.
"The weather's great. I could deal with this for the rest of the year. I mean, I had four layers on last week," said Malcolm Traylor, property owner in Watertown.
Brian Kampnich says it's a little tougher to clear out last week's snow because it's heavier now. But, he agrees the warmer weather feels good.
"A lot better. You can actually have a coat off and enjoy yourself. But the snow is heavier, a lot heavier," he said.
Watertown Department of Public Works crews were out taking care of that in parts of the city. It took a tractor and multiple trucks to get rid of the snow in case of potential flooding.
Stanley Tibbles owns a roofing business in the Watertown area. He says after a big snowstorm, his phone starts ringing off the hook.
"We had a lot of people hitting the panic button, worried about incoming rain, etc. with all the weight on the roof. The ice dams were in place, so we probably had between 20-25 calls," said Tibbles, president of Ken Tibbles Roofing.
However, Mother Nature took care of Tibbles' requests Monday, melting away most of the snow.
"Snow removal does have a niche and it keeps us busy," he said.
The Watertown Fire Department advises residents to check their basements frequently in case of flooding and to call 911 in the event of an emergency.