Friday, March 8, 2013
Students will not be counted as being absent today if they did not attend Boston Public Schools.
Boston Public School officials said that any student not in school today will be marked as "constructively present" - meaning the absence will be excused. School officials did not close school today due to the inclement weather, and will dismiss on their normal schedules and school buses will complete all scheduled routes. But all extracurricular activites including athletic events have been cancelled today. Boston Public Schools posted a message on its Facebook page about students being marked "constructively present" and that an automated phone call was going out to all families about the decision. “Our school staff, especially our Facilities teams, have done an incredible job today keeping sidewalks and driveways clear of snow even as…
It snowed throughout the night making roads slick and dangerous, and many bus stops and sidewalks are still covered.
Boston Public Schools did not close school today despite the continued snowfall throughout the night and into this afternoon. With sidewalks, streets, bus stops all being needing to be plowed, and with some not being plowed once - should Boston schools have been cancelled today? Boston Public Schools have already said they will forgive all absences today, according to WBZ's Beth Germano. Boston Public Schools posted that school was open today, and a message about buses, "Some school buses are delayed due to heavy traffic in the city. All of our school buses are on the road and will complete their scheduled routes this morning and afternoon. If you have school bus transportation questions, please call our Transportation Hotline at (617) …
West Roxbury is expecting a foot of snow or more from this week's storm. See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows total snowfall in the West Roxbury area over the past 3 days. The map is centered around the red marker, which is in the middle of West Roxbury Patch's coverage area, and the map updates every six hours, starting around 2 a.m. each day. Note: This map is not visible on some mobile devices.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A long-duration storm is knocking on the city's door, but most local meteorologists expect little snow in Boston.
Boston's in for some wet weather Wednesday through Friday. This is a slow moving storm, which means a the light precipitation you see will eventually add up. For Boston, however, the local weather teams aren't predicting very much snow. Instead, expect a lot of rain and maybe some heavy slushy snow in spots. While areas inland may get a half a foot of snow, Boston's bigger concern is the three high tides during this storm. Flooding may become an issue along the immediate coast. Here are the latest forecasts from the local television news weather teams. All totals were updated Wednesday morning. WHDH (7 News): All rain WLVI (NewsCenter 5): 1-2 inches along the coast, six inches or more inland WBZ (CBS Local): 2-4 inches WFXT (MyFox Boston…
Friday, February 22, 2013
The city lies right on the rain/snow line, meaning a degree or two of temperature change in either direction will determine what kind of storm we get.
Saturday's storm is proving to be a tricky one for area forecasters to get a hold on. Although it's not supposed to dump anywhere near the levels of precipitation Nemo did two weeks ago, it could drop significant rain or snow depending on where and when temperatures cross the freezing point. At the moment, Boston lies right on the projected rain/snow line, meaning we could get less than an inch of snow or several inches. As of late morning Friday, the National Weather Service was predicting an inch or less of wet snow in Boston, but maps issued by the service put Boston in an area that could get a few inches. Forecasters seem to agree that in either case, the wintry precipitation will start falling late Saturday afternoon and through …
The Department of Public Works started with more than 30,000 tons of salt this winter, and have only used a couple thousand so far.
Boston has tons of salt ready to use for this weekend's snowstorm. The city started off with more than 30,000 tons of salt this winter and has only used a couple thousand, even after the Blizzard of 2013. And Boston sanders, plows, trucks and contracted winter workers are only using salt, or a mixture of salt and water. Some residents, like in the South End, are upset and believe that some pets' feet are getting hurt by winter products being used on sidewalks. Business owners like West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain's Centre Street have often heard complaints about snow melt products through the years. "The city uses salt or a mixture of salt and water called brine," said John Guilfoil, spokesperson for the Mayor's Press Office. Guilfoil …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
After days of wildly different predictions, the area's forecast is beginning to take shape.
All the experts agree: It’s going to snow in Boston this weekend. But how much and when the snow will start seems to be up in the air. Depending on whose map you used on Wednesday, Boston was in for either a few inches or a foot of heavy, wet snow. By Thursday morning, however, all of the local news broadcasts started to fall in line on the same theme: The rain will linger along the coast and spare Boston from the heaviest snowfall totals. Here’s a look at the forecasts from the different local news station meteorologists. All these totals were updated Thursday morning: WHDH (7 News): 4-8 inches WLVI (NewsCenter 5): 4-8 inches WBZ (CBS Local): 4-8 inches WFXT (MyFox Boston): 4-8 inches along the immediate coast, but a potential for over …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Stuck inside the house? How can you not be? Talk about the blizzard of 2013.
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Saturday, February 9
Friday, February 8, 2013
The city mobilizes to clean and clear roads during and after the upcoming storm. This is their plan.
The city's public works department is readying more than 600 pieces of equipment for the upcoming storm, gearing up for what could be the biggest storm Boston has seen in years. The DPW starts their preparations by pre-treating as many streets as possible, prepping the salters, sanders and plows, and coordinating with the mayor's office to get residents to keep their cars out of the way. See this video on how they get ready. The mayor is also trying to reduce traffic by urging employers to let employees work from home and requiring only essential city personnel to come in to work. Mayor Thomas Menino has already declared a snow emergency starting at noon Friday, meaning you need to move your car off these streets so that DPW vehicles …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
NSTAR has already activated its emergency response plan in preparation for Friday's snowstorm.
With a major nor’easter expected to impact the Boston area beginning Friday, NSTAR announced on Thursday it will will activate its emergency response plan for a significant impact on the electric grid. “We’re well into our preparations for responding to potentially widespread power outages resulting fromthe nor’easter’s high winds and heavy snow,” said Craig Hallstrom, President of NSTAR Electric. “We prepare year-round for storms like this and stand ready to address damage to our system as soon as itbecomes safe to do so.” NSTAR said 3,000 employees are currently preparing to assist in the storm reponse effort, and the company has also secured additional contractor line and tree crews. The company is advising customers to make advanced…