Sunday, January 30, 2022

Snow Emergency & Parking Ban Lifts Monday At 6 AM

Mayor Wu announces snow emergency and parking ban to be lifted Monday at 6 am. If you are parked in one of the discounted garages, you will need to exit by 8 am to avoid being charged at regular rates. South Boston Waterfront Transportation Center is 9am. Parking spot savers must be removed by 6am on Wednesday. Space savers that violate these rules may be collected and discarded by the Public Works Department (PWD).

The Public Works Department had over 920 pieces of snow and ice control equipment treating and clearing Boston's streets throughout the storm. Public Works crews will begin targeted snow removal operations beginning on Sunday, January 30.

Snowfall began around 10:00 p.m. on Friday night and continued until around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night. At times, snow was coming down at more than three inches per hour. The storm was officially designated a blizzard by the National Weather Service. By their measurements, the City of Boston received a total of 23.8 inches. Temperatures will remain cold throughout Sunday and into Monday morning, with wind chills in the single digits and below zero overnight.

Property owners are reminded that sidewalks were required to have been shoveled by 10:00 a.m. this morning (Sunday), and must be kept clear of snow and ice after the storm. A 42” wide path of travel is required to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. *

Boston City Hall, 1010 Massachusetts Ave., BCYF community centers and Boston Public Library branches will be open tomorrow. Boston Public Schools will be open on Monday, January 31.

Residents are able to look up towed cars and find information on which company towed their car on the City of Boston's online database or by calling Boston Police Department at (617) 343-4629. The City of Boston tow lot is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. until 10.30 p.m. Residents can also use the kiosk at the City’s tow lot 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. For more information, visit here or call BTD at (617) 635-3939.

Residents are reminded to call 911 to assist individuals experiencing homelessness or vulnerable individuals out in the cold who appear immobile, disoriented or underdressed for the weather. For non-emergencies, residents can call 311.

*Rules on clearing snow:

Property owners must fully 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 the snow ends overnight. Curb and pedestrian ramps to the street should be cleared fully and continually over the duration of the storm to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities. If the storm lasts for an extended period of time, property owners are asked to continually check and clear ramps abutting their property.

Removal of snow and ice from a private property to the street or sidewalk is prohibited.

Failure to comply with these rules can result in fines issued by PWD's Code Enforcement Division. Fines associated with improper removal of snow can be found online.

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