Boston mayor declares snow emergency, parking ban ahead of Saturday’s nor’easter

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu declared a snow emergency and a parking ban that goes into effect Friday at 9 p.m. ahead of Saturday’s powerful nor’easter expected to continue into Sunday morning.

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The mayor announced the latest parking ban and emergency during a press conference at Boston City Hall Friday morning. During the press conference, the mayor confirmed an expected 18 to 24 inches of snowfall for Saturday into Sunday, with winds as high as 40 to 50 mph.

“As Boston prepares for the big snowstorm on its way, I encourage all our residents to take precautions to keep everyone safe,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I want to thank the many city employees who have already begun preparations and will be responding to the storm this weekend—treating and clearing our streets, as well as being available to answer 311 calls for non-emergency questions throughout the weekend.”

Residents are advised by city officials about a parking ban in effect starting Friday at 9 p.m. There isn’t a specific date or time on when the parking ban will be lifted.

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A parking ban will also take effect at that time, and all vehicles parked on a posted snow emergency artery will be towed to allow for snow clearing operations to take place, city officials say.

The city is providing Boston residents who have a resident sticker, free and discounted garages, and parking at participating garages will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Discounted parking starts two hours before the snow emergency is declared and ends two hours after lifting the emergency.

Nighttime street sweeping on main roads, arteries, and commercial roads will be canceled until further notice.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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