National Weather Service – Boston has issued a storm warning for the Sunday night / Monday storm. Overall snowfall totals have been reduced to 6-8 inches, but high winds will be increasing toward daybreak and continue through Monday afternoon. Northwest wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph coupled with the wet snow on the trees will bring an increased risk for downed tree limbs. Snow will be heavy, and tomorrow will bring poor visibility.
Boston Public Schools will be closed on Monday. Boston Centers for Youth & Families (including the Nazzaro Center) stand-alone community centers will be open, with school-based sites closed. City Hall will be open, but will have limited staffing.
The City of Boston is putting into effect a Snow Emergency and Parking Ban at 8 p.m. on Sunday night. In Chinatown the parking ban will begin at 11 p.m., due to a previously scheduled New Year’s Eve celebration. Discounted parking will be available in City garages. Locations and pricing are at Boston.gov/snow. Trash and recycling collection will begin 6 a.m. for Monday pickups. Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads, and take public transportation if needed.
“We are encouraging residents to use caution when traveling, assist the elderly and disabled and keep up with the shoveling of their property throughout the storm tomorrow,” said Mayor Walsh. “The City offers a number of resources geared towards keeping residents safe and aware of current conditions. During the last storm, compliance with snow rules made Thursday’s blizzard easier to clean. Please remember to abide by the snow emergency rules, stay off the roads and be safe.”
Property owners must clear snow, sleet and ice from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting the property within three hours after the snowfall ends or three hours after sunrise if it snows overnight. Failure to comply will result in a fine issued by Boston Public Works Code Enforcement. Removal of snow, ice from a private property to the street or sidewalk is prohibited and will result in a fine issued by Boston Public Works Code Enforcement. Do not throw snow onto the street.
Remember to keep catch basins and fire hydrants clear. Please check on neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled. Have a contractor check the roof to see if snow needs to be removed. If roof snow can be removed from the ground with the use of a snow-rake, do so with caution. Avoid working from ladders and be mindful of slippery surfaces.
To find out more information about resources and services available to residents, please visit boston.gov/snow. Residents are encouraged to call 311, download the BOS:311 app, or tweet at @BOS311 with questions or concerns.