For Immediate Release
February 13, 2014
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Mayor's Press Office
National Weather Service has declared a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for the City of Boston from 7:00 a.m. Thursday through 7:00 a.m. Friday. Latest forecasts indicate the storm is expected to result in 2 to 4 inches of snow in Boston by noon, when the precipitation is expected to change to rain. Boston is likely to see additional 2 to 3 inches of snow tomorrow after the evening commute through Friday morning. Wind gusts may reach up to 50MPH; combined with rain and wet snow, Boston may experience downed trees and power lines causing power outages.
The Mayor convened his team tonight to discuss the latest storm-related information and response plans. His team will continue to monitor the forecast and provide updates throughout the weather event.
All Boston schools will operate on normal schedules tomorrow, including after-school activities. Parents can track the location of their child's school bus in real time using the "Where's my School Bus" app at http://schoolbus.bostonpublicschools.org. Parents can also call the Boston Public Schools Transportation Hotline at 617-635-9520.
- Public Works teams will begin pre-treating roads at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow.
- Crews are prepared for the snow event, and will have more than 300 pieces of equipment active for the morning commute.
- Trash collection will begin an hour early at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.
- Boston Police, Boston Fire, and Boston EMS will have additional staff on hand throughout the storm.
- Boston Police will be posted at major intersections tomorrow morning to assist with traffic flow.
Cold Weather Safety Reminders
- 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.
- 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.
- Property owners are required to salt and sand sidewalks, stairs and pedestrian ramps to prevent slippery surfaces.
- 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 will have 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.