BOSTON—Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced an 11:00 AM delayed start time for Monday, March 4th for all non-emergency state executive branch employees due to the winter weather starting Sunday night and continuing into early Monday morning.
Travel will be significantly impacted overnight due to heavy snow conditions overnight. Motorists should exercise extreme caution, “don’t crowd the plow”, and stay behind snow removal equipment on the roadways. Motorists are encouraged to avoid driving during periods of heavy snowfall.
The MBTA and Commuter Rail will run a weekday train schedule, buses and ferry service remain on a normal schedule. Depending on the storm’s intensity, buses may also operate on snow routes. Commuters are encouraged to be patient, allow time for travel and plan ahead by checking MBTA.com/winter or @MBTA on Twitter for real-time updates.
Please clear home and auto exhaust vents to prevent carbon monoxide exposure and avoid downed utility wires. Also, please assist in keeping sidewalks, fire hydrants and storm drains in your neighborhood clear.
The delayed start will allow crews time to safely clear snow and public walkways to ensure residents can quickly return to their daily routines. The Baker-Polito Administration is in close contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, MassDOT and State Police to monitor the forecast. The administration urges everyone to plan ahead, drive cautiously, use public transportation when possible and check MBTA.com/winter for updates.
State Offices: State offices will open at an 11:00 AM delayed start time on Monday, March 4, 2019.
Here are some tips from the city of Boston:
Rules on Clearing Snow
- Property owners must clear snow, sleet and ice from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting the property within three hours after the snowfall ends or three hours after sunrise if it snows overnight. Failure to comply will result in a fine issued by Boston Public Works Code Enforcement.
- Removal of snow, ice from a private property to the street or sidewalk is prohibited and will result in a fine issued by Boston Public Works Code Enforcement.
- Do not throw snow onto the street.
- Please look here for information about fines associated with improper removal of snow.
- As a reminder, no cars are allowed to park in Boston Public Schools parking lots during a snowstorm.
- Shoveling snow requires significant exertion; please be cautious and pay attention to any health symptoms. Stop if you feel chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheaded, nauseous/vomiting. Call 911 if those symptoms do not resolve quickly when you stop exertion.
- Snow piles can make navigating intersections dangerous for walkers and drivers. Please take extra care when turning corners with snow piles that might limit visibility.
- Pedestrians should use caution as visibility will be diminished due to blowing and drifting of the snow caused by high winds.
- Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a concern during winter weather, especially with the use of generators. Residents should be sure to use their home heating systems wisely and safety, and have a working carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home. Call 911 immediately if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Sitting in a car while idling can be deadly if the tailpipe is blocked. Do not let children sit in an idling car while shoveling. Clear any household exhaust pipes of snow. For example, gas exhaust from heating system or dryer.
- Remember to keep catch basins and fire hydrants clear.
- Please check on neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled.
- Have a contractor check the roof to see if snow needs to be removed. If roof snow can be removed from the ground with the use of a snow-rake, do so with caution. Avoid working from ladders and be mindful of slippery surfaces.
Public Libraries & Community Centers
Boston Public Libraries and Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ community centers will be open normal business hours. Please check their schedules here.
Helping the Homeless
- If you see homeless individuals out in the cold who appear immobile, disoriented or underdressed for the cold, please call 911. Please ask them if they need assistance.
- The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) operates two emergency shelters at 112 Southampton St. and 794 Massachusetts Ave. open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- BPHC is working closely with a network of shelter providers to ensure there is adequate shelter, food, and a warm respite from the cold.
- Street outreach teams providing recovery services, including the Engagement Center behind 112 Southampton St., remain operating as normal during winter weather.