BOSTON - FEBRUARY 1, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today that due to the approaching winter storm a snow emergency will go into effect in the City of Boston on Monday at 6 a.m. and Boston Public Schools will be closed on Monday, February 2.

The Boston Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated at 6 a.m. on Monday to monitor the impact of the storm on Boston and coordinate the City's response operations. Information on the storm will continue to be updated on boston.gov/snow.

"We are still in recovery mode from the recent blizzard and I want to thank residents for their patience as we prepare for the upcoming winter storm," Mayor Walsh said. "With up to 14 inches of snow expected, please remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, and always put safety first."

All Boston Centers for Youth and Families will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Monday. All are welcome, and children age 7 and older can be dropped off upon completion of a short intake form.

Boston's Public Works Department will have close to 600 pieces of equipment ready and more than 20,000 tons of salt. Trash collection will take place tomorrow, however pick-up will begin earlier at 5 a.m. to get ahead of the storm.

To allow plows to clear the streets, cars parked on major roadways will be towed after 8 a.m. In addition, drivers are asked to park with safety in mind and refrain from parking in any manner that will jeopardize public safety, including, within 20 feet from an intersection, more than a foot from the curb, at handicap ramps, crosswalks and fire hydrants.

With the storm impacting both morning and evening commutes, residents are encouraged to take public transportation when possible.

The Mayor's Hot Line at (617) 635-4500 is open to answer any questions or address concerns. The City's social media and mobile technology strategy will be in full effect throughout the storm, including the Citizens Connect app and @NotifyBoston.

The City of Boston is opening its municipal parking lots to neighborhood residents for long-term parking during the storm. In addition, the Boston Transportation Department has worked with private parking lot and garage owners in Boston to secure 15,500 free or discounted parking spaces for Boston Residents. Residents are asked to please remove vehicles from streets that are posted as "Snow Emergency" Arteries and park them in these alternate off-street locations. For information regarding parking restrictions and discounted parking, please visit: http://www.cityofboston.gov/snow/parkingmap.asp   

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