For Immediate Release
January 22, 2014
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Mayor's Press Office
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 day.
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: http://www.cityofboston.gov/snow/parkingmap.asp.
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 morning.
- 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 or ice.
- 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: http://www.cityofboston.gov/cold/safety.asp.
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) 635-4500.
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.