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    Essential Boston snow resources

    With a near-blizzard coming Thursday, here’s what you can expect:

     We’re looking at 8 to 12 inches of snow in the Boston area, but there might be some pockets of higher amounts southwest of the city and across parts of Cape Ann.

     Shovel early and often. Frigid temperatures will return Friday.

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     High winds and the cold will probably cause power outages across Massachusetts.

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     Good news: Temperatures are expected to approach 40 degrees Tuesday.

    Read the full forecast.

    Get updates on the storm, information on school closings and power outages, tips for cleanup, and more with the links and information below.

    Track the storm

    National Weather Service alerts | Radar

    Travel information

    Boston Logan International Airport

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    Facebook: Facebook.com/BostonLogan

    Twitter: @BostonLogan

    Check flights at Logan

    MBTA

    MBTA winter weather updates

    Twitter: @MBTA

    Peter Pan Bus Lines

    Peter Pan Bus Lines Weather Cancellations

    Schools

    Schools around the region are deciding to cancel classes for Thursday.

    Boston Public Schools will be closed, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Wednesday. The city’s school officials will make a determination Thursday about whether to close schools Friday.

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    Here’s a list of public schools within 25 miles of Boston that have announced school closures for Thursday (which will continue to be updated).

    CBSBoston.com: Track more school closings in the area

    Power outages

    Power outage maps, safety tips, and electric company contact information

    MEMA’s Statewide Power Outage Viewer

    National Grid

    The company’s Outage Central website can be found at https://www1.nationalgridus.com/OutageCentralHub (use this website to report outages online, or check the utility’s outage map and restoration estimates).

    To report an outage by phone, call 1-800-465-1212.

    To speak with someone in customer service, call 1-800-322-3223. People who use respirators or other life support equipment should register that equipment before the storm using this line.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalGridMA

    Twitter: @nationalgridus

    Eversource Energy

    The company’s winter storm information can be found at https://www.eversource.com (use this website to report outages online, or check the utility’s outage map and restoration estimates by clicking “outages and storms” in the site’s navigation bar).

     Eastern Massachusetts

     Western Massachusetts

     Connecticut

     New Hampshire

    To report an outage by phone or speak with someone in customer service, call 1-800-592-2000.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EversourceMA

    Twitter: @EversourceMA

    @EversourceCorp

    Unitil

    The company’s Outage Center can be found at http://www.unitil.com/outage-center (use this site to report outages online, or check the utility’s outage map and restoration times).

    To report an outage by phone, call 1-888-301-7700.

    Facebook: Facebook.com/Unitil

    Twitter: @Unitil

    More info on utilities

    City of Boston snow emergency

    The city of Boston has declared a parking ban and snow emergency, which is going into effect at 7 a.m.

    Call the mayor’s 24-hour hotline: 617-635-4500

    CityofBoston.gov: Snow emergency info