Snowfall map from the National Weather Service:
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
453 AM EDT MON MAR 18 2013
…SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM TONIGHT AND TUESDAY…
.A COASTAL STORM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND
COASTLINE …AND DELIVER A PERIOD OF HEAVY
SNOW FOLLOWED BY SLEET…FREEZING RAIN AND THEN ALL RAIN FOR SOME
LOCATIONS. THE FINAL SNOWFALL TOTALS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE
TIMING OF THE TRANSITION FROM ALL SNOW TO MIXED PRECIPITATION. THIS
WILL RESULT IN TREACHEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS … THERE WILL LIKELY BE A HIGH IMPACT ON
THE TUESDAY MORNING COMMUTE
The latest weather update from the City of Boston:
**Winter Weather Advisory**
Up to 8 Inches of Snow Expected in Boston, Creating the Potential for a Dangerous Morning Commute, with Ice and Sleet to Follow
Significant Icing Expected at Peak of Morning Commute. Public Transit Strongly Urged
Schools Closed Tuesday
The forecast predicts Boston will be impacted by a strong winter storm tonight and throughout tomorrow morning’s commute. Ice and sleet are set to follow snow and the National Weather Service has warned that tomorrow morning’s commute will be extremely difficult. With that forecast in hand, Mayor Thomas M. Menino today met with his Snow Team and Interim Superintendent of Schools John P. McDonough, and the decision has been made to close schools Tuesday.
The latest forecasts show Boston could see 8 inches of snowfall with the expectation for freezing rain, ice, and sleet throughout the morning’s commute. Residents and commuters should expect very slow traffic as the City’s plowing operations continue throughout Tuesday morning. For commuters coming into Boston tomorrow, public transportation will be the best route. The Mayor and his team will continue to monitor the latest weather reports.
All Boston Centers for Youth and Families sites will be OPEN tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All children over age 6 are welcome, but youth under 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at drop-off to complete a short written form.
Boston Public Works crews are prepared for the storm. They will pre-treat the roads before the snow starts and will work throughout tonight and into tomorrow. The department will have 396 pieces of equipment on hand for the overnight.
Residents with weather-related questions or concerns should call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500, or contact us via Twitter using @NotifyBoston. Residents should also visit www.cityofboston.gov/snow for latest updates and to submit requests and find information online.
Mayor Menino also reminds residents of the following:
- Do not throw snow back into the street. “Throwbacks” force the city to remove snow from the same street twice.
- Shovel out fire hydrants, catch basins and pedestrian ramps close to your home.
- Property owners are reminded to shovel snow from sidewalks that abut their homes and businesses and any handicapped ramps close to your homes or business.
- Do not double-park.
- Please check on elderly neighbors and others in need.
- For additional snow and cold weather safety tips, please visit www.cityofboston.gov/snow
The City’s Shelter Commission asks that any resident who sees a potential medical emergency involving a homeless person dial 911.