Snow in Boston can mean a lot of things: a picturesque backdrop for a hot chocolatey stroll through the park, or a sloppy nuisance during a weekday commute. We can’t promise you that hot chocolatey feeling every storm, but we can help you enjoy the winter weather a little more by providing you with stormy weather resources. Here are a few things to know during storms, and head to our Know Snow center for a comprehensive list, from safety tips to home heating information.
Boston Public Works springs into action, planning treatment and clearing of roads long before the flakes start falling. Learn more about the process of managing a snowstorm from start to finish here. If you see roadways that require attention, please let us know; reach us by any of these methods, whether you prefer calling our 24-Hour Hotline (617-635-4500), using the Citizens Connect mobile app, and more.
Look Out For Neighbors
In Boston, it’s the property owner’s responsibility to clear walkways. Remove snow/slush/ice from sidewalks & abutting curb ramps within three hours of snow ending, or three hours from sunrise if snow fell overnight. When removing snow and slush from sidewalks and curb ramps, leave a minimum path of 42” wide. If you see a sidewalk that hasn’t been cleared, please let us know, as citations are issued.
Adopt A Hydrant
Claim responsibility to clear snow from a hydrant after a storm: sign up here.
Be A Snow Angel
Volunteer to help an elderly neighbor shovel their home when it snows. (Have you connected with our Elderly Commission on Facebook?)
Register for Alert Boston, the City’s early notification system, for multichannel updates as soon as they’re available. You can also subscribe to Twitter Alerts, a new service from Twitter which provides elevated-visibility emergency tweets from @NotifyBoston and @BostonPolice. Our Know Snow site features many tips, from safety pointers and home preparedness, to online requesting & reporting. Visit our Social Media Directory for a full menu of social media conversations you can join across departments - everyday engagement helps keep us all better prepared for storms and emergencies. Remember, you can reach us 24-hours a day at our hotline: 617-635-4500.