Boston is expected to pick up 3-5 inches of snow from the winter storm, which is far less than earlier computer forecast models had forecast for the city. On Monday, snow totals of up to a foot or more were expected, but those dropped dramatically by Tuesday.
The snow emergency went into effect at 10 p.m. on Monday and will end at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
"That means that parking bans will be in effect on posted roadways and major arteries to ensure that we can keep streets clear of snow and available for emergency vehicles," she said.
With the snow emergency ending at 4 p.m. Tuesday, residents who are parked in discounted lots and garages must remove their vehicles by 6 p.m. to avoid paying regular rates.
In addition, space savers can be used for up to 48 hours after the snow emergency ends in Boston, except in the South End.
Wu also pleaded with residents to stay off the roads and to not travel on Tuesday if possible.
"Make plans to be indoors, stay off the roads," she said. "It’s looking like it’s going to come down pretty heavily, pretty fast."
In addition to schools, Wu announced that city buildings would be closed so staff could work from home, if possible.
"Only emergency operations personnel will be reporting in person for the city workforce, and we encourage other employers to make arrangements to do the same so that we can keep those roads clear and keep everyone safe," she said.
Wu said the city of Boston had 38,000 tons of salt ready to go to treat snow-covered roads, and the public works department worked to treat roads ahead of snow.
In addition, the city had 850 pieces of snow-removing equipment to clear roads.