Boston cancels school ahead of snowstorm

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BOSTON – Mayor Marty Walsh closed Boston’s public schools for Friday citing an approaching winter storm forecast to drop as much as 8 inches of snow on the metropolitan area starting in the early morning hours.

Some 500 trucks will be treating the city’s streets by 6 a.m., Walsh said in a statement issued late Thursday, adding that two truck-mounted snowblowers would be available to clear the roads.

“We are acting out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our residents, especially our children,” Walsh said in his statement. “I’m asking residents to remain vigilant during this snow event and keep an eye out for our neighbors, especially our seniors during this time.”

While school administrative offices will remain open, after-school activities have also been canceled.

But the city didn’t declare a snow emergency, which means that parking space savers, such as old lawn furniture or orange cones placed on public streets, won’t be allowed.