File photo: Snowed-in bikes outside Green Street station

No School on Monday

With forecasters expecting about 8 inches of snow to hit the Boston area, Boston Public Schools have cancelled classes for Monday. All @bostonschools will be closed Monday, Feb. 8. School buses not running. Administrative offices open.

Sidewalk shoveling, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015.

Wintry Mix on Sidewalks Will Turn to Ice

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.

Crews dig up basketball courts at Franklin Park that were heavily damaged when the city used the area as a snow farm. Taken Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

Franklin Park Hoops Court Gets Makeover After Snow Farm Damage

The city used part of Franklin Park, including a set of basketball courts near White Stadium, for a snow farm during the historic winter. The nasty snow did a number on the asphalt courts, according to Christine Poff, executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition. But crews are at work this week digging up the damaged basketball courts and replacing them. Workers using heavy machinery and shovels dug up and hauled off at least two truck loads of asphalt on Tuesday. Poff said the resurfacing should be finished soon.

Inmates shovel Hyde Square on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Inmates Who Shoveled Out JP Earned $3-4 a Day

A public records request by ThinkProgress has finally answered the question of how much prisoners were paid to shovel out the Boston area this winter, including crews in JP. Turns out it was between $3 and $4 a day. Back in February, when the neighborhood was still blanketed in snow and ice, Jamaica Plain News had reached out to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office for the figure. We never received a response. Among the areas shoveled by prisoners was Hyde Square.