Snow day for Boston students as region hit by first big storm of the season

Boston public school kids have a day off today. The city’s mayor, Marty Walsh, cancelled classes late Monday due to dipping temperatures and expected snowfall throughout the night into Tuesday.

As of Tuesday morning, temperatures in the Boston area had fallen to about 29 degrees. Weather forecasters say it’s not just the snow that’s a problem. Commuters are also facing black ice making for some dangerous driving conditions.

On Monday night, Walsh said the snow day for students was announced for their safety.

“I want to thank the Public Works Department for a job well done in pre-treating and cleaning the roads during the first phase of the storm,” Walsh said in a statement.

“We are expecting the height of the storm tonight and tomorrow morning, and have made the decision to close schools tomorrow for the safety of our students.”

Local forecasters say the snow has been falling for much of Tuesday morning and is expected to continue  until the afternoon. ABC affiliate WCVB reported that as of about 7:20 a.m., some parts of the region had seen more than a foot of snow in the first major winter storm of the season.

While students may have a snow day, city workers still have to show up for work. City Hall and Boston libraries are still open for normal business hours today. So are all of Boston’s Centers for Youth and Families, though residents will face a slight delay to access them. They open at 10 a.m. this morning. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker held a news conference Monday night issuing a warning to drivers across the state.

“If you do have to drive, please leave plenty of time and plenty of room between you and the other vehicles,” he said.

He said he feared that drivers will mistakenly think the roads are safe. But he added, they could suddenly become slick. He also announced a 10 a.m. delayed start today for all non-emergency executive branch workers in the state.

The snow may make it tough for drivers on the road. But they won’t have to worry about parking bans. The city has not enacted a snow emergency or parking ban. But a snow emergency is in effect in some parts of the region.

Temperatures are expected to rise a bit today, but not much. They may top out in the early 30s. Residents won’t get much relief until next week when the weather is expected to warm up slightly. 

The weather is not expected to improve much today, however. A second round of snow is expected on Tuesday afternoon and it could be heavier than what residents have experienced so far.

The NBC affiliate in Boston is reporting there is havoc on the roads this morning. Many roads are covered with slush, snow, and ice, which has created car crashes, not just in Boston but across Massachusetts. It’s not just the roads that are facing problems.

Air travellers can expect delays as the state’s airports cope with ice and snow. Hundreds of flights into and out of Boston are facing delays – about two hours on average.

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