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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Winter Weather Advisory for Wednesday, November 26, 2014


BOSTON -- The National Weather Service has declared a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for the City of Boston through 7:00 a.m. Thursday. Latest forecasts indicate the storm is expected to result in a wintry mix of rain, snow, and sleet, with accumulations of up to 1 to 2 inches of slushy snow. Boston is likely to see heavy rain this afternoon that will change to snow and sleet this evening. 

Holiday travelers are cautioned that the weather conditions are anticipated to have a significant impact on travel, and to plan accordingly. Boston Transportation Department will have their Traffic Management Center activated to mitigate any travel concerns. 


Snow/Ice Control and Response

City of Boston Public Works crews are prepared with more than 200 pieces of equipment on call for snow and ice control, and a full compliment of salt on hand.

The Boston Water & Sewer Commission will have crews monitoring neighborhoods to ensure that all drains are cleared. 

NSTAR will have extra crews on standby to respond to any service issues. 



Emergency Shelter Operations

The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) coordinates a city-wide network of emergency shelters, outreach providers, city agencies and first responders to assist the homeless. Shelters are also kept open during the day for the safety of clients when temperatures fall below 32 degrees. 

Working with the Pine Street Outreach Team and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, BPHC actively seeks out individuals and helps them find shelter during a cold snap, providing food, clothing, blankets, medical assistance to those in need.



Cold Weather Safety Reminders

  • 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
  • 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. A safety video about carbon monoxide poisoning prevention is available here.
  • Property owners are required to salt and sand sidewalks, stairs and pedestrian ramps to prevent slippery surfaces.
  • 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.
  • Residents are encouraged to check on the well-being of elderly or disabled neighbors, and be mindful of homeless individuals that may need assistance. Should you encounter a homeless individual in need of assistance, please notify public safety officials by calling 9-1-1 or the Mayor's 24-hour Hotline at (617) 635-4500.
  • Use caution when using portable heating devices such as space heaters.
  • To make your home more energy efficient consider disconnecting the water hose from your home, wrap or cover exposed spigots, caulk or putty windows, ensure kitchen and bathroom dampers close properly, close all storm windows and doors, apply weather stripping, properly insulate all pipes that are exposed, cover vents.
  • Additional cold weather safety tips can be found at: www.cityofboston.gov/cold/safety.


Stay in Touch

The Mayor's 24-Hour Hotline is always available to respond to residents with weather-related questions or concerns, including downed power lines, down trees or icy conditions, should call (617) 635-4500.

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. For updates & questions via Twitter, use @NotifyBoston, follow #bosnow.  

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