Winter Weather Advisory Issued
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and agencies around the City of Boston continue to monitor a potentially serious winter weather event. About 300 pieces of Public Works equipment will be deployed overnight to treat and clear city streets.
Residents are reminded to keep their cars as close to the curbs as possible and at least 20 feet away from intersections to allow plows and sanding trucks unimpeded access to roadways.
Forecasts indicate that the storm will bring 3-6 inches of snow in Boston, with some periods of heavy snow squalls possible.
Mayor Menino continues to monitor the situation closely. Members of the Mayor’s Snow Team met again tonight to discuss the latest storm related information and response plans for the early morning hours. The Snow Team will continue to monitor the forecast throughout the weather event, and will continue to receive updated forecasts.
“With several inches of snow expected in parts of the City, and freezing temperatures forecast for the next week, it’s important that residents and visitors be mindful of the conditions, especially as our crews work to treat and clear the roadways as efficiently as possible,” Mayor Menino said. “I have directed the Snow Team to continue to monitor this unpredictable storm. I would advise anyone traveling into and around the City to use public transportation whenever possible.”
Temperatures over the next week are not expected to rise above freezing, making road clearing a top priority for public safety. Temperatures will hover around 20 degrees all week, with lows in the single digits.
Boston Public Works crews are prepared for the snow event, and will have approximately 300 pieces of equipment active on City streets by 1 a.m. Tuesday. Crews will work through the night to clear roadways, but are urging pedestrians, bikers and drivers to exercise caution and pay special attention to narrowed roadways. Boston Emergency Medical Services have arranged for additional staffing, and Police will be stationed at major intersections around the City.
The Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline will have additional staff on-hand throughout the duration of the storm, 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.
Boston EMS reminds residents that shoveling snow, particularly when it is heavy and wet, 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 here: http://www.cityofboston.gov/cold/safety.asp.
Mayor Menino also reminds residents of the following:
• 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.
The City will continue to monitor the latest weather models and forecasts and will update the public with further information as it becomes available.
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 www.cityofboston.gov/snow/. If you would like to receive updates on the storm on Twitter you can follow us: @NotifyBoston.