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City to lift snow emergency and parking ban at 5 p.m.

January 5, 2018

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

The City of Boston snow emergency and parking ban will be lifted at 5 p.m. this evening.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh this morning announced the City of Boston Snow Emergency and parking ban will be lifted at 5 p.m. this evening.

"I'd like to thank Boston Public Works and all residents who have cleaned, shoveled, salted and worked hard to keep our City safe and running," said Mayor Walsh. "As we continue to clean up snow, we ask for the public's help in shoveling their sidewalks, ensuring everyone can safety travel in Boston."

Throughout the day, Public Works teams will continue to dig out from from yesterday's storm, pushing snow to the curb to open up travel lanes for cars, buses and bikes. The City will also be identifying targeted areas for overnight snow removal. If there are any snow- or cold-related issues, Boston encourages residents to contact 311, the City's resident hotline.

The 48-hour space saver rule is in effect: residents will have 48 hours to use an object to save a parking spot after a snow emergency has ended. Due to a community decision, space savers are not allowed in the South End. Space savers are allowed in every other neighborhood.

Drivers who have parked their cars in alternate lots providing a discount during Snow Emergencies must move their cars by 7 p.m.; regular parking rates will apply after that.

Boston encourages all property owners to help shovel sidewalks -- both their own and for neighbors who may be in need. After snow storms end during the night, the City's requirements state sidewalks must be shoveled three hours after dawn. This is roughly 10:15 a.m. today.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency notifications through AlertBoston and utilize the 311 call center for non-emergency related issues. 311 is operational 24 hours a day. To find out more information about resources and services available to residents, please visit