The National Weather Service has increased the snow accumulation forecast for Boston Metro up to as much as 18 inches through Friday.

Governor Patrick is closing State Government on Friday and is encouraging private employers to do the same.

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Boston Mayor Menino has announced that City Hall will be open for business while schools, libraries and most community centers will be closed. The snow emergency and parking ban remain in effect.

Heaviest snow in Boston is expected overnight with blizzard-like conditions continuing into Friday morning.

**Regularly scheduled trash collection will begin at 6 a.m. Friday morning.


Reminders from Boston City Hall:

Cold Weather Safety Reminders

  • Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that results from combustion and can quickly become fatal. Residents should clear snow and debris away from mufflers before starting the car and ensure that external vents are cleared of snow. If you are using a generator, make sure it is far enough away to vent air and gases away from the home.
  • Use public transportation whenever possible and avoid driving vehicles on slippery roads to keep roadways clear for plowing equipment and emergency vehicles.
  • Property owners are reminded to salt and sand sidewalks, stairs and pedestrian ramps to prevent slippery surfaces.
  • Residents are encouraged to shovel out hydrants and catch basins near or abutting their property to assist our public safety agencies and protect against flooding.
  • Please check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors who may need help.
  • Use caution when walking near buildings that may have falling snow or ice.
  • Shoveling snow can pose a serious health safety risk to persons with heart disease and senior citizens. Residents should consider seeking the assistance of a family member, a helpful neighbor or hire someone to help.
  • Additional cold weather safety tips can be found at: http://www.cityofboston.gov/cold/safety.asp.

The Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline has received 2,000 calls since midnight Thursday – three times the average call volume. The Hotline has additional staff on-hand and residents with weather-related questions or concerns, including down power lines, down trees or icy conditions, should call (617) 635-4500. The City’s Shelter Commission asks that any resident who sees a potential medical emergency involving a homeless person dial 9-1-1. The City’s shelters have activated emergency procedures today.

Residents are encouraged to use the City’s “Know Snow” program for access to other important storm-related information. To receive notifications, register for the city’s Alert Boston network at http://www.cityofboston.gov/snow/. If you would like to receive updates on the storm on Twitter, follow #bosnow, @NotifyBoston.

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