Winter weather updates in Boston, MA

Temps will drop in Boston | Photo via @amyhoro

It’s wicked cold today, Boston. Bundle uphere’s how to keep yourself, your family, and your home safe and warm

❄️ ​​Today, despite the sunshine, temperatures will stay below 15 degrees and the wind chill will make it feel like well below zero

🍎 Boston Public Schools will be closed today due to the extreme temperatures. The last time the temps dipped low enough to close Boston schools was in 2015.

🚃 Travel times could be delayed — the MBTA has warned that commute times could take longer due to icy conditions and severely cold temps, so allow for extra time if you’re taking public transportation.

🐾 Think of your pets and keep them warm by keeping them indoors. They experience the cold just like their humans.

Don’t get a brain freeze — there’s a few extra things to keep in mind today.  

If you must go outside: 

What to wear think: layers. The more the merrier. Loose-fitting, light weight, warm layers will provide the most heat. 

Don’t stay out in the cold too long, aim to limit exposure to less than 30 minutes and try to avoid getting wet. In extreme cold, frostbite and hypothermia can happen quickly. Know what signs and symptoms to look for

If you lose power: 

Report outages to your utility company or by calling 311

Protect your home:

Create a plan and make sure your smoke detectors are working properly. Do not use your oven for heat and never bring grills indoors. Take steps to prevent frozen pipes and be sure to keep the heat at a normal level

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is available now through April 30 to help residents who are below the federal poverty guidelines stay warm in the winter. Make an appointment to see if you qualify for assistance.