Wintry Mix on Sidewalks Will Turn to Ice

Sidewalk shoveling, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015.

Chris Helms

Sidewalk shoveling, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015.

Many residents might have counted on this afternoon’s rain to wash away the snow. But with freezing rain having already begun and expected to last until at least midnight, unshoveled sidewalks are going to be treacherous.

The National Weather Service has issued a series of weather advisories for JP, including a freezing rain advisory. Up to a tenth of an inch of ice is expected to accumulate by dawn.

The city requires property owners to keep the sidewalks in front of their personal or commercial properties clear of snow and ice. For the details, click through to the policy.

If a nearby neighbor is too elderly to shovel or otherwise unable to, consider cleaning off the sidewalk in front of their homes or apartments too.

Mayor Marty Walsh’s office sent out a reminder to drive carefully if you must be on the streets. Temperatures are expected to fall to 25 or 30 degrees overnight.

If you haven’t already, the beginning of winter in earnest is a good time to sign up for AlertBoston emergency alerts. Here’s how.