Snow emergency effective 9 p.m.
Mayor calls for parking ban to clear major arteries and roadways
before deep freeze and more snow forecasted for early next week
(Boston - January 20, 2010) With a forecast expected to dump heavy
snow during tomorrow morning’s commute Mayor Thomas M. Menino has
announced that a Snow Emergency and parking ban for the City of
Boston will go into effect tonight at 9 PM and Boston Public Schools
will be cancelled on Friday, January 21st.
According to the National Weather Service, the City of Boston and
surrounding areas could receive between 5 to 10 inches of snow at an
average of two inches per hour between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM. The
City of Boston is expecting a significant drop in temperatures
immediately following the snow fall as well as additional snow early
next week and must clear roadways to provide wider access on all
streets throughout next week.
Mayor Menino has directed all City of Boston employees to take their
time coming into work tomorrow morning and has asked businesses to
do the same as the heaviest snowfall is expected during the morning
commute. The Mayor reminds people that if they must travel into the
city to take public transportation.
In preparation for the storm, the City has over 500 pieces of snow
removal equipment at the ready and nearly 25,000 tons of salt at
depots across the city. Given the expected dramatic decrease in
temperatures the City’s emergency homeless shelters will be open
throughout the day and evening to insure everyone has a place to
stay during the storm and teams of outreach workers will comb the
city looking to bring homeless individuals in from the cold.
The Mayor has also activated the City of Boston Storm Center to
provide information and service to Boston residents for all
storm-related issues. Residents with storm-related questions or
concerns including a lack of heat in their residence should call the
Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at (617) 635-4500 which will have extra
staff on hand to field any possible increase in calls due to the
Mayor Menino reminds residents of the following:
· During a Snow Emergency, parking is prohibited on all major
arteries in Boston. These streets are posted with “Tow Zone No
Parking During Snow Emergency” signs.
· A listing of major arteries and alternate parking can be found at
· On streets other than major arteries, do not park within 20 feet
of an intersection or further than one foot from the curb, as this
impedes access for both emergency vehicles and snow plows.
· Residents are also reminded to protect exposed pipes to prevent
· Older residents or those with health conditions should refrain
from shoveling this heavy wet snow.
· Do not throw snow back into the street. “Throwbacks” force the
city to remove snow from the same street twice.
· Property owners are reminded to shovel snow from sidewalks that
abut their homes and businesses and any handicapped ramps close to
your homes or business.
· Please check on elderly neighbors and others in need.
During declared snow emergencies, discounted parking is available at
several parking lots and garages to cars that display Boston
resident parking stickers. Residents are encouraged to use the
City’s “Know Snow” program to be notified when a snow emergency is
declared and canceled as well for access to other important
storm-related information. To receive notifications, register for
the city’s Alert Boston network at http://www.cityofboston.gov/alertboston.
If you would like to receive updates on the storm on Twitter you can
follow us: @NotifyBoston.
Boston Centers for Youth and Families will be open tomorrow, from
7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, for families with childcare needs for kids 6
years and older. A list can be found at http://www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf/.
For more information, please visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/snow/.