Snow Emergency Back in Effect Until Further Notice, Schools Closed Through Wednesday

Somerville's snow emergency was originally scheduled to end Monday at 6 p.m.

Somerville's snow emergency, which includes a parking ban, will remain in effect until further notice, according to a constituent services alert from the city.

In addition, Somerville's public schools will remain closed through Wednesday, according to a Tweet from the city of Somerville.

The city's snow emergency was originally scheduled to end Monday at 6 p.m., but the city sent an alert at about 1:30 p.m. telling residents the snow emergency would, in fact, remain in effect until further notice.

Here's the text of the alert:

Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with important snow emergency-related information for Monday, February 11th. Due to high snow accumulations and ongoing work to clear public streets and walkways, and the forecast for more potential snow events this week, the City’s snow emergency will REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Residents may continue to park in municipal or school lots until the snow emergency is lifted. Trash and recycling pickup schedules will continue as normal this week. DPW and contracted crews will continue to clear snow around-the-clock over the next week, including removing high snow banks that impair visibility, as well as at bus stops and crosswalks. To ensure safety of all residents, particularly children during this time, school has been canceled through Wednesday. More information and updates will be available via the City website, Facebook page and Twitter feeds, which can be found at www.somervillema.gov/socialmedia. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work to ensure safety and accessibility throughout the City. 

Ivan February 11, 2013 at 07:22 PM
News alert...The city did a boneheaded job of snow removal!!!!
Chris Orchard (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Thanks JC. You'll notice that's what the headline and the article says, too.
jc February 11, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Yes, but the banner was wrong. I only mentioned it because I've already had a couple of parents ask me what "through" meant to me! And then somebody said they saw "until" on this site. Anxious parents!
Chris Orchard (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Hi again JC: I see. The bulletin at the top of the page did say "until." Thanks for pointing that out. That's a mistake. Also, it looks like your comment has been erased for some reason. That's also a mistake, and it's not intentional. Sorry about that. Folks, JC commented that schools are closed THROUGH Wednesday, not UNTIL Wednesday.
mplo February 11, 2013 at 08:18 PM
What's the situation with the mail? Just curious.
mplo February 11, 2013 at 08:20 PM
What does "until further notice" regarding Somerville's snow emergency? The rest of the winter? This is getting ridiculous already. The city has done a crappy job of snow removal as it is. Why doesn't the city get its act together and do a better job? Oh, and what about the MBTA? Is it up and running, do you know? Again, I'm just curious.
Courtney O'Keefe February 11, 2013 at 08:56 PM
The MBTA, according to its website, is running a regular schedule, but does have some advisories at the moment: http://bit.ly/awlwUh
Chris Orchard (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 09:25 PM
As for the mail, it's *supposed* to be normal service today, according to this news release: http://about.usps.com/news/state-releases/ma/2013/ct-ma-ri_2013_0210.htm
Jason February 12, 2013 at 01:43 AM
I find it funny when the city is always blamed for snow removal when it seems slow, yet a renter/landlord/home owner whom is required to clear the area in front of their home..sans street...can't seem to motivate to lift a shovel and get to work like the rest of us. Yet can lay blame and insult for folks trying to do a job not many want to.
jo February 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM
have you driven through Medford and Cambridge ??? Somerville did an EXCELLENT job compared to surrounding cities... and always do
Andrea February 12, 2013 at 09:18 PM
They certainly did an awful job.........couldn't get out of my street Sunday morning; they had it blocked with snow from plowing - at least 3 ft. high - I would have thought they would have had the sense to use the large trucks instead of the small pickups with plows on them - isn't that why we have to park on one side of the street, so they can plow?????


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