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Boston snow emergency ends at noon

That means Bostonians can save their parking spaces until noon on Thursday (except in the South End, where space saving isn't allowed). It also means people who parked in lots or garages with snow discounts have to get them out by 2 p.m. today before the regular rates kick in again.

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I have an inch of slush.

Yet I guarantee the space savers will out until Thursday. People didnt even shovel for this storm, but they get a free parking spot for 2 days.

This policy really needs to go away.

I know broken record.. we say it all the time but little is done.

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On my street in Roxbury there are no space savers out. No one bothered.

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because no overnight parking is permitted, any time of the year, anywhere in town.

That's usually an annoyance, but during snow storms we don't get space saver wars. (We get other stuff, though. Don't ask us about leaf blowers.)

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because no overnight parking is permitted, any time of the year, anywhere in town

So, where do the people of Arlington park their cars overnight?

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It's "imaginary storm syndrome". The local new media, who tend to be misleading in general, really go to town when snow is predicted and play it up big time. So even if the storm is a bust they still act like there was a storm, and so do people. It's an unusual phenomenon, but a long-standing tradition around here. It's kind of like the old "in the absence of war, create one".

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To their credit, local weather people did keep saying the snow/rain line was iffy and there was a good chance coastal areas would get mostly rain, but that once you got much past 128, it would be mostly snow.

Sure enough, past 128, where a fair number of people do live, they got a lot of snow.

Here in Roslindale, which isn't that far from 128, we got both - this morning I had to shovel about 4 inches of wet, heavy snow (and then put down a ton of salt).

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Weather is complex. And the folks we pay with our tax dollars to predict the weather had similar forecasts. And you are absolutely right that they were confidently uncertain about the rain/snow line. It's not like this was an imaginary storm, weather did occur, and the same very storm system left a much larger mark elsewhere in its travels.

If people want all of their information boiled down to a single, visually appealing graphic, then it's on them when they miss out on the nuance and level of detail that was also available to them.

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"If people want all of their information boiled down to a single, visually appealing graphic"

Yes, yes, yes. PLEASE! Those long winded, rambling local weather forecasts that lead, end, and are in the middle of each local news broadcasts are so irrelevant to the matter at hand. They are talking to hear themselves talk. Just concisely tell us. And skip all "the wind chill makes it feel like..." and "the heat index makes it feel like...". Just tell me the exact temperature and I'LL decide what it "feels like".

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My New York City area friends are telling me they got up to 18".

That could have been us too.

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Wilmington got 20" of snow.

Medford got about 5"

Cybah is reporting an inch of slush.

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Please tell the class: can you do better predictions than the professionals? How? Maybe you should share that amazing ability with people who have worked models for decades and are doing vastly better than in 1978 or 1938 but still don't get it all micro perfect for your special weather perfection needs?

Bear in mind that UNDERPREDICTED STORMS KILL. Overpredicted ones (and this was NOT one of those - see map) just make fools feel like playing superiority games and whine about "so called experts" and the news media when they don't know crap.

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Ask you husband and in-laws about the blown forecast of a storm in January of 1978.

That said, I though the forecasts were honest. Boston got at the 90% confidence interval on the low end of the storm. That said, yesterday afternoon, someone at NWS in Norton messed up a little bit, in that they were giving numbers for low and high, but the predicted totals were lower than the low end.

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Live in Chelsea?

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Yep. I do.

Snow was the same. Actually coworker in Eastie got even less than I do.

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If it's a policy that needs to stay, let's have the courage to have someone actually write it into law, then provide actual enforcement. This dumb "we just won't enforce the laws on the books (in some areas but not others) and also it's up to individuals to do the right thing, wink wink" is what actually causes the problems here.

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Thats about 51% of the problem.

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weighed about 50lbs in each shovelful.

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Sometimes, I can get away with just putting the shovel down to the sidewalk, get up a head of steam and then just push halfway down the length of our property. This morning it was shovel a couple inches, dump it on the side, repeat, ad infinitum (well, more like ad the length of our relatively small lot, but ...).

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Look, I'm the guy who comes across as a defender of people being able to claim a space that they spent a decent amount of time and effort clearing out, but a short while ago, I watched a woman clear the snow off the top of her car, get in, and drive away without moving any from the area around the tires. She didn't drop anything to stake a claim, and that is the right move.

I take two ends on this. Typically, I note that the 48 hour deadline is arbitrary in situations when we've had a foot or two without a warmup, since that snow is still there and whoever did the shoveling did their sweat equity for the space. This is the other end, where the snow emergency was declared to make sure the roads could be cleared but in the end not much snow is on the roads. There's no justification of space saving after this storm.

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"Oh, it's only four inches." Four _heavy_ inches.

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... respects the no space saver rule.
As last week’s snow was just beginning to fall, I saw a spot claimed with a broken stroller. The snow wasn’t even sticking yet. Add to that, it was a spot in front of a fire hydrant!

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It seems like every time there is snow predicted in Boston they're calling it a blizzard. Last night was not a blizzard it was just a snow storm. There's a name for snow storms. There called snow storms. Way to much "hype" in the local forecasts. I bet they start upgrading flurries to storms next.

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Check it out here.

That said, the forecasters I watched never said we were going to get a blizzard. A Nor'easter was forecast, and it was what we got.

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