Mayor Menino is urging residents and commuters to travel cautiously this afternoon as the City prepares for 3-5 inches of snow. Boston Public Schools has cancelled all after school athletics today. The City is asking commuters to do their best to avoid travel on roads during the heaviest snowfall, between 3 and 7 p.m., to allow for public works crews to clear roads.
“Today’s storm poses a threat for gridlock during the evening commute,” Mayor Menino said. “Our Snow Team is prepared to respond and get our roads clear. We’re asking employees in the City to either wait until the end of the storm to travel home, or stagger their release times to avoid gridlock and allow our public works crews to do their jobs. Public transportation will be the best way to get in or around the City this afternoon.”
The Mayor’s Snow Team convened this morning to discuss the latest snow-related information and response plans for the weekend. The Department of Public Works will have 372 pieces of equipment available this afternoon. Special attention will be paid to clearing snow from high traffic intersections. City Public Safety agencies and the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline are staffing additional units to assist with the afternoon commute.
Mayor Menino reminds residents of the following:
- Use public transportation when 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
- Parking rules are strictly enforced during snow storms. Do not block driveways, crosswalks or ramps, and do not park within 20 feet of an intersection
- Boston Public Works crews are prepared for the snow event, and will be pre-treating roads and readying snow removal equipment across the city’s district yards.
- Make sure tailpipes and house vents are clear of snow to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Residents with weather-related questions or concerns should call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500.
Residents are also 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/