Boston schools reopen, but more snow forecast

Snow banks of a foot or more line sidewalks throughout the Boston area, forcing more pedestrians to walk in the street. (Flickr)
Snow banks of a foot or more line sidewalks throughout the Boston area, forcing more pedestrians to walk in the street. (Flickr)

Students in Boston and Somerville are headed back to school Wednesday, after three snow days caused by last weekend’s blizzard.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino lifted the city’s parking ban Tuesday evening. Temporary “No Parking” signs remain posted in some areas as plows continue to scrape away large snow banks. Residents have until Thursday at 6 p.m. to move items being used to save parking spaces on city streets.

In a statement, the mayor warned drivers to look out for pedestrians walking in the street because of blocked sidewalks. City regulations require property owners to clear a path at least 42 inches wide within three hours of a storm ending.  The Boston Globe says more than $25,000 in fines have been issued in Boston since the storm, along with 6,900 parking tickets. Nearly 700 cars have been towed.

The state Department of Transportation has lifted a ban on driving in the breakdown lanes on Interstate 95 and Route 3 during peak hours. Crews are periodically closing ramps on several highways as they work to clear snow.

As of Wednesday morning, NSTAR reports just over 5,000 customers remain without power, mostly on the South Shore and Cape Cod.  National Grid has fewer than 1,000 customers in the dark.  At the height of the storm, about 400,000 Massachusetts customers lost power.

Just as the area is getting back to normal, more snow is forecast for the Boston area.  The National Weather Service expects a dusting to a few inches to fall after midnight, mostly on the south coast. Another 1-2 inches is forecast for inland New England on Friday night.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

National

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.