Boston snow emergency, parking ban as winter storm slows

 The town of Boxford scored the most snow from Thursday's winter storm Hercules, measuring up at about 2 feet. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Some parts of the South Shore got more than a foot of snow. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A snowstorm that was at one point expected to coat Boston in up to 10 inches of snow turned out to be somewhat of a dud, leaving only 4.2 inches of the white stuff in its wake.

The overnight snowstorm coated Logan Airport in 4.2 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. About 7 inches of snow was recorded in Jamaica Plain, according to the NWS. The areas that picked up the most snow were on the South Shore in communities like Rockland, which got 15 inches of snow, according to the NWS.

With snowfall winding down in the city, Mayor Marty Walsh decided to lift the snow emergency and parking ban at 8 a.m. That means those all important space savers will be good until 8 a.m. Friday. Walsh announced that Boston public schools would be closed on Wednesday and instituted a parking ban at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Other cities that put into effect parking bans lifted them Wednesday morning; Cambridge lifted its ban at 7 a.m., while Somerville’s expired at 8 a.m.

The snow started flying just in time for Tuesday evening’s commute. The forecast called for up to 8 inches in Boston leading to Gov. Deval Patrick postponing his State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night and sending non-emergency employees home at 3 p.m.

With the snow starting to fall and employees leaving work early, the commute home took hours for some people.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.



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