As Boston preps for a winter storm that may bring high winds and more than two feet of snow to the region, here’s some things you might want to know:
-Gov. Charlie Baker, in declaring a state of emergency for Massachusetts, has directed all non-emergency personnel to stay off the roads as travel will be virtually impossible. His statewide travel ban begins midnight Monday.
-The MBTA will cease running at midnight Monday and service has been canceled for all of the day on Tuesday.
-Boston Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. All after school activities were canceled on Monday.
-All Boston Centers for Youth and Families will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Children ages seven and older can be dropped off upon completion of a short intake form.
-Lengthy power outages are expected to plague the state.
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-All community meetings in the city scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday have been canceled.
-Boston has banned parking on major roads so that public works crews can clear such thoroughfares from curb to curb. If you leave your car on a major road after 8 p.m. Monday, the city most likely tow it.
-The city has opened its municipal parking lots to neighborhood residents for long-term parking during the storm. In addition, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) has worked with private parking lot and garage owners in Boston to secure 15,500 free or discounted parking spaces for Boston Residents. Residents are asked to please remove vehicles from streets that are posted as "Snow Emergency" Arteries and park them in these alternate off-street locations.
-Trash collection will not take place on Tuesday.
-Only emergency city government personnel will be reporting to work.