Thursday, Feb. 13
4:14 p.m. — Universal Hub reports traffic being at more-than-usual standstill status around Forest Hills.
1:15 p.m. — The National Weather Service has scaled back its snowfall total estimates because of warming ground temperatures. JP is still in the “4-6 inches” part of their map as of 1 p.m.
12:55 p.m. — It’s back to snow now, with big, wet flakes.
11:39 a.m. — And now it looks like we’re getting…rain! I wonder if forecasters have completely missed it with this storm. Harvey Leonard at WCVCB said it may flip back and forth between rain and snow for next few hours.
9:39 a.m. — Lots of plows are out, but there isn’t much for them to do. It’s starting to come down harder now. City has not declared a snow emergency yet. They’ll update this page when/if they do.
Thursday a storm is expected to bring not only several inches of snow, but also a real mess. Rain and sleet are expected on top of wet, heavy snow that could cause limbs and power lines to snap.
(First posted at 7:52 a.m. Thursday)
The Jamaica Plain News will be keeping an eye on the neighborhood. Check back for updates. Below, we’ve listed important resources and telephone numbers you might need during and after the storm. I highly recommend signing up for the city’s AlertBoston service. You’ll get emergency notifications (like when parking bans begin and end) direct to your phone or email. For iPhone and Android users, the city’s CitizensConnect app is a must-have. You can report virtually any city problem quickly, with a photo and in a way you can track whether the city fixes the problem.
- The city’s snow information page.
- Boston Public Schools homepage, Twitter feed and Facebook page.
- Request to salt, sand or plow a street: via email or call the Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500.
- Report an unshoveled sidewalk: via email or call the Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500.
- Know the city’s snow removal rules, like you must shovel three hours after the snow stops, or three hours after sunrise the next day. And whether you choose to obey or not, the city gives just 48 hours after a snow emergency ends to use space savers.
- Know the city’s parking rules during snow emergencies.
The city recommends these numbers for snow-related emergencies:
- Emergencies (Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services): 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
- Department of Conservation and Recreation: 617-626-4973
- 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