Saturday, May 18, 2024


City officials have declared a snow emergency parking ban starting at 8 p.m. today – a full five hours after Somerville’s snow emergency is to begin – for a storm that could see between five and eight inches of snow accumulation, according to forecasts from weather websites. School officials announced schools would be closed Wednesday at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, or about seven hours after officials in neighboring Somerville.

When a snow emergency is declared, parking is prohibited on streets signed “No Parking During Snow Emergency.” A list and map of prohibited streets is here. Some parking garages will provide free parking for residents with permitted cars for a limited time during a declared snow emergency. A list of garages is here.

Snow is 80 percent likely, with up to eight inches expected starting late this afternoon amid lows of 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Weather Underground site. Snow will continue Wednesday with a 50 percent likelihood amid zero degree temperatures.

Only seven inches of snow is expected through tonight, but with 100 percent certainty amid low temperatures of 17 degrees that will feel like zero, according to The snow is expected to continue into Wednesday morning with lows of 13 degrees that could feel like minus two degrees.

Wednesday public school classes were canceled in Somerville at around 1:45 p.m., according to the Somerville Patch. Cambridge Public Schools were slower to report via the district’s social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

The report on Facebook was shared about 50 times, liked more than 90 and drew comments ranging from “There is a god!” to “Geez Louise. Took ’em long enough.”

“Is it really that hard to say it’s a snow day?” one parent asked.

The Planning Board canceled its Tuesday meeting, moving all agenda items to the Feb. 11 meeting.

It’s the second snow emergency parking ban of the year after a Jan. 2-3 storm that brought 10 inches of accumulation to Cambridge and 11 to Somerville, according to to CBS.