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Boston declares snow emergency ahead of Saturday’s powerful storm

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A ban on parking on major roads comes into effect at 9 p.m. Friday.

A snow plow drives down Anderson Street in Beacon Hill on January 7. David L Ryan / Globe Staff

Boston officials said a snow emergency was expected to set in at 9 p.m. Friday ahead of a powerful and possibly historic snowstorm expected to hit the area beginning early Saturday morning.

“It’s going to be big,” Mayor Michelle Wu said at a news conference about the city’s storm preparedness.

The city could receive up to 18 to 24 inches of snow with winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour by the time the storm is expected to leave the coast Sunday morning, Wu said.

The predicted snowfall accumulation could potentially break the city’s record for a single storm: some forecasts put Boston’s total at 28 inches.

Under the snow emergency, a parking ban will apply. Vehicles must be removed by 9 p.m. Friday from “major roads and arterial roads” to allow snow removal from city streets.

Parking is also not permitted in Boston Public School parking lots.

“Boston residents with a resident sticker can find a list of free and discounted garages online, and parking at participating garages will begin at 7 p.m. Friday,” officials said. “Discounted parking begins two hours before we declare a snow emergency and ends two hours after the emergency lifts.”

Vehicles not removed from prohibited parking areas will be towed.

Space savers will be honored (with the exception of the South End, where they are prohibited) up to 48 hours after the emergency ends.

Trash and recycling collection will continue on a regular schedule Friday and resume Monday, while nighttime street sweeping is canceled until further notice, officials said.

This breaking news will be updated.

Boston declares snow emergency ahead of Saturday’s powerful storm

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