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Boston declares snow emergency, closes BPS schools Tuesday



Boston will go under a snow emergency Monday night, and all municipal buildings and BPS schools will be closed for Tuesday’s storm, Mayor Michelle Wu announced Monday morning.

“The best projections right now estimate that we will likely get between eight and 12 inches of snow in total, that it will come down pretty heavily during the morning commute starting earlier in the morning and potentially continuing all the way through the afternoon tomorrow,” Wu said at a press briefing on the snow emergency. “That means that we are making the call today that Boston Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.”

The snow emergency parking ban will go into effect at 10 p.m. Monday night, Wu said, to help keep posted roads and major arteries clear of snow and available for emergency vehicles.

Residents are encouraged to look out for signs posted to indicate streets with restricted parking during snow emergencies, city officials said. Any cars parked along restricted roads will be towed. A map of roads with restricted parking during snow emergencies and information on discounted alternative parking is available on boston.gov/snow.

Residents may also use space savers for up to 48 hours after the snow emergency ends in Boston, except in the South End and Bay Village, which do not allow space savers.

In addition to schools, municipal buildings in Boston will be closed Tuesday, Wu said. These include BCYF centers and all Boston Public Library branches. Of city staff, she added, only Emergency Operations personnel will be reporting in person.

Property owners are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks and curb ramps along the property within three hours of snowfall ending or within three hours of sunrise if snowfall ends overnight.

City officials also encouraged residents to check on neighbors and loved ones, especially seniors and unhoused people, and call 911 for anyone who looks like they need help out in the cold.


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