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Snow Emergency and Parking Ban to Be Lifted at 8:00 AM This Morning
Boston Public Schools Closed Today, Wednesday,
Business as Usual at City Hall Today
Mayor Martin J. Walsh continues
to closely monitor the City of Boston's response to today's winter
storm event, expected to result in more than 7 inches of snow in the
City. The Snow Emergency and Parking Ban for the City of Boston will
be lifted at 8:00 a.m. this morning. Boston Public Schools are
closed today. City Hall will be open today as a regular business
National Weather Service has declared a Winter Weather Warning in
effect for the City of Boston from 1:00 p.m. Tuesday through 1:00
p.m. Wednesday. A deep freeze is expected this week, emphasizing the
priority of Public Works crews to get as close to the curb as
possible in their snow clearing efforts overnight.
The Mayor received updates from his team early this morning and will
continue to monitor the forecast and provide updates.
During declared snow emergencies, discounted parking is available at
several parking lots and garages to cars that display Boston
resident parking stickers. Drivers have two hours after a ban is
lifted to maintain the reduced rate. Discounted parking will be
available until 10 a.m. this morning:
ALL Boston Centers for Youth and Families community centers will be
open today from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for children ages 7 and
older. Adults will be asked to complete a short intake form when
dropping children off.
Crews have more than 300 pieces of equipment active on City streets.
Regularly scheduled trash collection will begin at 7:00 a.m. this
The City is strongly encouraging commuters to use public
transportation to travel into the City.
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 http://www.cityofboston.gov/snow/parking/.
On streets other than major arteries, parking within 20 feet of an
intersection or further than one foot from the curb is prohibited,
as this impedes access for both emergency vehicles and snow plows.
Boston Police, Boston Fire, and Boston EMS will have additional
staff on hand throughout the storm.
Boston Police will be posted at major intersections this morning to
assist with traffic flow.
The City's Emergency Operations Center has been activated and
staffed with all relevant City departments.
Cold Weather Safety Reminders
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that results from
combustion and can quickly become fatal. Residents should clear snow
and debris away from mufflers before starting the car and ensure
that external vents are cleared of snow. If you are using a
generator, make sure it is far enough away to vent air and gases
away from the home. A safety video about carbon monoxide poisoning
prevention is available here.
To protect against forecasted cold temperatures, people should layer
clothing and minimize outdoor activity. Over a dozen people in
Boston suffered injuries related to hypothermia during the last
extreme cold weather snap.
The City's homeless shelters have activated emergency procedures.
The City's Shelter Commission asks that any resident who sees a
potential medical emergency involving a homeless person dial 9-1-1.
Property owners are required to salt and sand sidewalks, stairs and
pedestrian ramps to prevent slippery surfaces.
Residents are encouraged to shovel out hydrants and catch basins
near or abutting their property to assist our public safety agencies
and protect against flooding.
Please check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors who may need help.
Use caution when walking near buildings that may have falling snow
Shoveling snow can pose a serious health safety risk to persons with
heart disease and senior citizens. Residents should consider seeking
the assistance of a family member, a helpful neighbor or hire
someone to help.
Additional cold weather safety tips can be found at:
The Mayor's 24-Hour Hotline has additional staff on-hand and
residents with weather-related questions or concerns, including down
power lines, down trees or icy conditions, should call (617)
Residents are encouraged to use the City’s “Know Snow” program for
access to other important storm-related information. To receive
notifications, register for the City’s Alert Boston network at
http://www.cityofboston.gov/snow/. For updates & questions via
Twitter, use @NotifyBoston, follow #bosnow.