Mayor Thomas M. Menino today declared that a snow emergency and parking ban will go into effect at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon. Putting public safety as the top priority, Mayor Menino reminded residents of the following:
- The City of Boston encourages businesses to release employees early. Rush hour is expected to see the storm’s heaviest snowfall. Everyone is encouraged to use public transportation.
- All City of Boston afternoon and evening activities will be cancelled.
- Move cars from main arterials during snow emergencies. A listing of main arterials can be found at: www.cityofboston.gov/snow/parking.asp
- Do not park cars within 20 feet of an intersection. Parking too close to an intersection can restrict emergency vehicle access.
- Do not throw snow back into the street. “Throwbacks” force the city to remove snow from the same street twice.
- Shovel out fire hydrants close to your home.
- Property owners are reminded to shovel snow from sidewalks that abut homes and businesses.
- Do not double park.
- Keep wheelchair ramps clear.
- Check on elderly and neighbors and others in need.
The City of Boston Storm Center will open at 2:00 p.m., when the snow emergency goes into effect. Residents with storm-related questions or concerns should call the center at (617) 635-3050, starting at 2:00 p.m.
UPDATE: The citywide snow emergency and parking ban will remain in effect until 6:00 a.m. Friday morning.
UPDATE: Boston Public Schools will be closed on Friday.