City of Boston Snow Emergency and Parking Ban to Be Lifted, Effective 5 p.m. 1/3/14
City of Boston Snow Emergency and Parking Ban to Be Lifted, Effective 5 p.m. Tonight 1/3/14
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For Immediate Release
January 03, 2014
Released By:
Mayor's Office
For More Information Contact:
Mayor's Press Office

Mayor Thomas M. Menino this afternoon announced the City of Boston Snow Emergency and parking ban will be lifted at 5 p.m. this evening. Drivers who have parked in alternate lots providing a discount during snow emergencies must move their cars by 7 p.m. to retain the discounted rate. The Mayor asks residents to be patient as crews continue cleanup work and to continue using public transportation when traveling around the City. 

The Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline has fielded more than 5,000 calls related to the storm. Residents with storm-related questions or concerns should call the Mayor’s Hotline at (617) 635-4500 which has extra staff on hand to field the increase in calls.

Mayor Menino reminds residents of the following:      

  • 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.
  • Take public transportation whenever possible. 
  • 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. 
  • Parking space savers must be removed 48 hours after a snow emergency is lifted. The City’s Department of Public Works will begin removing space savers left out beyond this period.
  • Please shovel out any fire hydrants and catch basins near your home or business. This will be particularly important in advance of expected rain on Monday. 
  • Property owners are reminded to shovel snow from sidewalks and curb ramps that abut their homes and businesses.
  • Do not throw snow back into the street. “Throwbacks” force the city to remove snow from the same street twice.  Violators will be fined.
  • Older residents or those with health conditions should seek help from family, friends or neighbors shoveling this heavy wet snow.  
  • Please check on elderly or disabled neighbors. 

The City's Shelter Commission asks that any resident who sees a potential medical emergency involving a homeless person dial 9-1-1. The City's shelters continue to activate emergency procedures today.

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 If you would like to receive updates on the storm on Twitter, follow #bosnow, @NotifyBoston.


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