[UPDATED Tuesday, Feb. 12, 12:56 p.m.]
The National Weather Service is predicting between one and two feet of snow for Boston between Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9, with a strong chance of coastal flooding.
In preparation for the storm and throughout the event, Charlestown Patch will provide up-to-date news, city alerts, closures, cancellations and other important information. Bookmark this page and check back as needed. And be sure to follow us on Twitter (@CharlestwnPatch) and Facebook.
Boston Public Schools to OPEN Wednesday
Boston Public Schools will finally reopen following the weekend storm on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Boston Snow Emergency Lifting at 6 p.m. Tuesday
The Boston snow emergency and parking ban will be lifted as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Charlestown residents who parked their cars in garages during the snow emergency have until 8 p.m. to move them before reduced rates expire.
Certain streets will continue to be specified as "no parking" while crews continue to remove snow.
The MBTA is now running on its regular weekday schedule, and trash and recycling collection will be conducted on the normal schedule.
For more information, visit cityofboston.gov/snow.
From the Mayor's Office: "A reminder during and after the storm, carbon monoxide is a potential danger. Remove snow around any external vents on your home, clean around the muffler before starting your car, and never grill inside or use your oven for heat."
The snow emergency and parking ban went into effect at noon on Friday.
- Charlestown snow emergency parking restrictions
- Alternative garages for during the snow emergency opened at 10 a.m. on Friday.
- The official city of Boston snow information page
The Mayor's Hotline is reportedly fielding a high volume of calls, for obvious reasons, after the weekend snowstorm. Residents are encouraged to submit requests online using one of the following forms:
- To request salt, sand and plowing of a public street
- To report an unshoveled sidewalk
- To report a business plowing snow onto the sidewalk
In addition, District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina is asking residents to call his office at 617-635 3200 if they know of areas still in need of plowing or shoveling and are having trouble with the city website or Mayor's Hotline.
Delays, Cancellations and Closings—Tuesday:
- Banks: Open
- Cemeteries: All historic city cemeteries are closed.
- Community centers: Boston Centers for Youth and Family will be open Tuesday for parents who need a safe place for their child to spend the day. Children must be over age 6 and any child under 12 needs to be dropped off with the parent so the parent can fill out a short form before they leave the child. The centers will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Courthouses: Open
- Golf courses: Clubhouses are open.
- Libraries: All Boston Public libraries are open regular hours.
- MBTA: All modes running on regular weekday service schedule.
- Municipal buildings: Open
- Parking meters: Normal rules apply.
- Schools: All Boston Public Schools are closed on Tuesday.
- State offices: Open
- Tow lot: Normal hours (Tow Line: 617-635-3900)
- Trash/recycling: Normal collection. Crews may be working slowly due to wintry conditions. Please clear a space at the curb for crews to safely collect trash/recycling. If your trash is collected in an alley and it is unshoveled, please hold until your next collection day.
Massachusetts Travel Ban
The governor's statewide travel ban was lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday.
MBTA Service Suspended Friday-Sunday
All modes of MBTA service are back on schedule for Monday, Feb. 11, after being suspended Friday through Sunday morning, with limited service on Sunday. Look for updates at mbta.com/Winter/.
Just over 500 NSTAR customers in Boston were without power at around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The city appears to be one of the lighter-hit areas in the electric company's coverage area. Communities along the coast and out on the Cape are experiencing much higher rates of power outages, with more than 90 percent of NSTAR customers out in towns such as Scituate, Duxbury, Marshfield and Plymouth.
Closer to Boston, the hardest hit town so far Saturday morning is Dedham, with about 3 percent of NSTAR customers without power.
U.S. Postal Service delivery in all of New England, including the Boston area and all of Massachusetts, was suspended for Saturday, Feb. 9 because of safety concerns during the winter storm, according to the Huffington Post. Delivery was expected to resume on Monday.
Charlestown Business Closures
- Ambiance Salon & Spa: Closed Friday and Saturday. Open Sunday and Monday.
- Avalaon CrossFit: Closing at 1 p.m. Friday. Evening classes on Friday and Saturday canceled. All cars left in the lot after 1 p.m. will be towed for plowing. Opening back up on Monday.
- Boston Organics: Deliveries ongoing as of Friday morning.
- Bunker Hill Barber Shop: Open
- Bunker Hill Liquors: Open
- Charlestown Ace Hardware: Open
- Charlestown Yoga: As of Friday 11:30 a.m., the only class cancellation this weekend is the Friday 5:30 p.m. Vinyasa Vibes class.
- McCarthy Bros. Liquors: Open as of 11:30 a.m. Friday.
- Navy Yard Bistro and Wine Bar: Reportedly open Friday night. Employees are staying overnight at the Marriott.
- Olivia Browning: Closing at noon on Friday. Closed Saturday. Open Sunday and Monday.
- Sorelle Bakery and Cafe: Atlantic Wharf and City Square locations close at 2 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday. Open Monday
- Style Cafe: Closed Friday. Open regular hours Monday.
- Tedeschi's (Navy Yard): Open
- USS Constitution Museum: Ship tours closed Friday through Sunday. Possibly open Monday. Call to verify: 617-242-5585.
- Warren Tavern: Open Friday and all weekend.
- YMCA (Charlestown): Open from 5:30-11 a.m. Friday. Delayed opening expected Saturday. All Saturday swim lessons and group exercise classes canceled. Open Sunday and Monday.
- The Yoga Room: Friday evening classes canceled. Open Monday.
- Zume's Coffee House: Open Friday 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Saturday. Open Monday.
Charlestown Patch News Coverage
- Parking Ban Lifts at 6 p.m.; Schools To Open Wednesday
- Should Charlestown Residents 'Hold' Parking Spots?
- Boston Public Schools Closed Tuesday
- LaMattina: Charlestown Looking Better After Storm
- How Much Snow Did Charlestown Get?
- Skier Hits the 'Slopes' of Charlestown During Blizzard
- Beware CO Poisoning During Storm Cleanup
- How Charlestown Fared in Blizzard of '13
- Avoid a Roof Collapse: Clear Off Heavy Snow
- Boston Emergency Parking Ban Still in Effect
- State Driving Ban Ends at 4 p.m.
- MBTA Service Suspended Saturday
- Massachusetts Travel Ban Remains in Effect
- Charlestown Residents Offering Snow Shoveling Services
- 800+ Without Power in Boston Friday Night
- Boston Archdiocese Issues Blizzard Advisory
- Throwing Snow In Charlestown? Watch Out For Fines
- Find Out When Snow Plows Are Coming
- Gov. Patrick Issues Massachusetts Travel Ban
- Share Your Photos: How Much Snow Do You Have?
- Blizzard Photos: Stick Your Camera Out the Window!
- Morning Forecast Puts Snow Totals Closer to 3 Feet
- LIVE CHAT: Blizzard 2013
- MBTA Service Suspended Friday Afternoon
- Blizzard Warning Issued for Charlestown
- NSTAR: How To Prepare for a Snowstorm
- Boston Public Schools Closed Friday
- How Boston Tackles a Snowstorm—And What You Can Do
- Charlestown Streets Banned During Snow Emergency
- MBTA Winter Weather Info
- Boston Officials Preparing for Serious Winter Storm
- Weekend Storm Alert Upgraded to Blizzard Watch
- Storm Could Drop up to 18 Inches of Snow in Boston
Scroll down for important phone numbers, websites and more. Stay with Charlestown Patch as we keep you updated throughout the storm.
Important numbers listed by the city:
- Emergencies (Police, Fire, EMS): 911
- Mayor’s Hotline (24-Hrs): 617-635-4500
- ABCD Fuel Assistance: 617-357-6012
- Boston Water & Sewer: 617-989-7000
- Consumer Complaints: 617-635-3834
- DCR Storm Desk: 617-727-1680
- Elderly Commission: 617-635-4366
- Inspectional Services: 617-635-1010
- MBTA: 617-222-3200
- MassDOT: 857-368-6111
- National Grid Gas: 800-322-3223
- NSTAR Electric & Gas: 800-592-2000
- Tow Lot: 617-635-3900
- Verizon: 800-837-4966
- Residents can also receive snow updates using the City's Alert Boston system.
List of city-authorized cab companies:
- Top Cab: 617-266-4800
- Boston Cab: 617-536-3200
- I.T.O.A. Cab: 617-825-4000
- City Cab: 617-536-5100
- Metro Cab: 617-782-5500
- Tunnel Taxi: 617-567-2700
- 617TaxiCab: 617-829-4222
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Snow removal during and after the storm