Snow Emergency Ends at 8 a.m.

News about the Jan. 21 and 22 snowstorm in Somerville.

Update, 7:35 a.m., Wednesday: The snow emergency in Somerville will end at 8 a.m. today, meaning people will have until 10 a.m. to removed their cars from municipal parking lots.

Here's the text of a constituent services 311 email sent to residents: 

The City will lift its snow emergency regulations effective at 8 a.m. this morning. Residents who had parked in municipal or school lots during the snow emergency have a two-hour window starting at 8 in which to move their vehicles. Cars still parked in city lots at 10 a.m. this morning may be subject to ticketing and towing as we must ensure the lots are plowed and treated properly before ice sets in. 

Please also note that per City ordinance, property owners have six daylight hours following the lifting of a snow emergency in which to clear snow and ice from sidewalks. Paths must be shoveled to a minimum width of 42 inches, and snow may not be shoveled into the street. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in fines. 

For additional information about snow emergency policies, please visit www.somervillema.gov/snow. If you have questions, call 311 (617-666-3311 from outside the city). Thank you.

Update, 1:50 p.m., Tuesday: 
Public school has been canceled on Wednesday. Tuesday evening classes, activities and city meetings have also been canceled. Tuesday afternoon activities—those taking place between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.—are still taking place.

More here: School Canceled Wednesday in Somerville >>

Update, 11:45 a.m., Tuesday: 
An informational session about property assessments, scheduled to take place tonight, has been postponed until Thursday, according to the city of Somerville.

Here's more information about the info session. The meeting will now take place Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the West Somerville Neighborhood School.

Update, 11:10 a.m., Tuesday: 
A number of airlines have waived change fees for passengers flying in and out of Boston, according to USA Today. The news website has a list of airlines that have waived change fees.

Hubway, the bike sharing program that is operating in Cambridge during the winter, will close down temporarily beginning at 1 p.m.

Update, 11 a.m., Tuesday:
The city of Somerville has posted about the snow emergency on its Facebook page.

One thing to note involves trash and recycling pickup. Because of MLK Day, trash pickup is delayed by one day this week. However, "no additional weather-related delays are expected," the Facebook post said.

At this time, no decisions had been made about school cancelations of evening activity cancelations in the city's school system. We will update this page if and when school cancelations are declared.


With up to 10 inches of snow expected to fall in Somerville Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, the city of Somerville Tuesday declared a snow emergency.

The snow emergency will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, which means people have until 7 p.m. to move their cars.

Get email updates about the storm and other Somerville news

Parking During a Snow Emergency

Find information related to snow emergency parking procedures here:

How Much Snow Will Somerville Get?

Somerville will get between 5 and 10 inches of snow. More here.

Shoveling Requirements

  • Homeowners must shovel the sidewalks outside their homes. They have six daylight hours after the snow stops to shovel. They should also use sand and salt where necessary. Fines for not shoveling range from $25 to $100.
  • The Somerville Fire Department asks homeowners to clear away snow from the nearest fire hydrant around their home. "We realize that the last thing anyone wants to do after shoveling out their property is to clear more snow, but the extra effort could be life-saving," the fire department wrote during a February, 2013 blizzard.

Useful Somerville Phone Numbers and Websites

Tom O'Brien January 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM
If there is a snow emergency declared, school has to be cancelled, as people are allowed to park in school lots during the emergency (and for several hours after it is lifted). If it begins at 3 pm there is no way it will be lifted in time for cars to be moved, and lots to be plowed in time to open school.
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