Snow Emergency and Parking Ban Lifted, Effective 9 a.m. 12/30/12
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For Immediate Release
December 30, 2012
Released By:
Mayor's Office
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Mayor's Press Office

Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that the City of Boston Snow Emergency and parking ban is lifted as of 9 a.m. this morning. Drivers who have parked in alternate lots providing a discount during snow emergencies must move their cars by 11 a.m. to retain the discounted rate. The Mayor asks residents to be patient as crews continue cleanup work and to leave their cars at home and use public transportation when traveling into the city for the holiday weekend.

The Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline fielded more than 2,500 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 due to the storm. 

Mayor Menino reminds residents of the following:      

  • 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.
  • Property owners are reminded to shovel snow from sidewalks and curb ramps that abut their homes and businesses.
  • Please shovel out any fire hydrants and catch basins near your home or business. 
  • 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. 

Residents are encouraged to use the City’s “Know Snow” program to be notified when a snow emergency is declared and canceled as well as 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 please follow @NotifyBoston.


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