Mayor Walsh was the bearer of the bad news - which also includes school going right through June 30. He said school officials are still figuring out what to do if we get more snow days.
Walsh said the T has assured him T buses will be running and that trains will be running on at least a limited schedule.
Walsh made the school announcement after meeting with the heads of 10 school unions.
Tracy Strauss shows us the major icicles at Porter Square today.
State officials have begun talking to FEMA about a declaration, which would free up federal funds for responses to the snow, in particular to the initial blizzard.
Meanwhile, the Vermont National Guard is sending us some heavy equipment to help with snow removal - in addition to the 500 Massachusetts Guard members who were deployed yesterday for the same purpose. New York and Pennsylvania National Guards also plan to send help.
Roving UHub photographer Christine spotted this hydrant tunnel near Roslindale Square this morning. She also reports bus service down Washington to Forest Hills was fine, as was the 39 down Centre.
Several days of running rented snow melters nearly nonstop at the city snow farm in the Marine Industrial Park have helped chop down the snow mountains to size, Conventures reports.
Across the harbor, roving UHub photographer Chris Dagdigian watched a couple of the beasts at work outside Terminal C (the white streaks are reflections of lights in the terminal, not incoming laser beams):
This is Leanne Winters's windshield this morning - after some ice/snow plunged into it. She reports the car was parked in Kenmore Square at the time, unoccupied, so nobody hurt.
Not so much because of Thursday's storm but because the weekend storm already has the National Weather Service bringing out the ALL CAPS OF DOOM about a storm that just might LEAVE A CONSIDERABLE MARK ON OUR REGION.
Meanwhile, we've discovered that Wegman's challah, while no match for Cheryl Ann's or Rosenfeld's in the stand-alone taste department, does OK in French toast or, if you're sick of that, cheesy toast (same basic thing, but cheese instead of sugar).
Gamma Ray Digital shows us where the Worcester Line used to be in Allston.
OK, if you look closely, at the snow to the left of the roof at the bottom of the image, you can see a thin black line. That's all that's left of the train tracks this morning.
Laurin Stoler spotted this guy on a unicycle twice in Cambridge today, the second time on Broadway in mid-Cambridge.
Sonia Garufi of Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale Square laughs in the face of all that snow and enjoys some chilled champagne today.
Neville Williams spotted a turkey out for its evening constitutional in Lynn tonight.
The declaration clears the way for emergency equipment to start coming into Massachusetts from other states: Front-end loaders, backhoes, snow melters and the like for getting rid of snow.
Parking bans to remain in effect through end of weeks, non-essential state workers in eastern Massachusetts given tomorrow off due in part to the T shutdown. Baker said he wants to wait until after the storm damage clears to have detailed discussions with T officials about what's gone wrong this winter.
Southie Spots reports Santa and one of his elves were walking around South Boston today helping people dig out their cars - no charge.
It's so bad even some plows are getting stuck. Louise Miller says the plow she saw stuck at Boylston and Berkeley was the second one she saw today.
Mayor Walsh says the city snow emergency will stay in effect through at least tomorrow. The parking ban on major thoroughfares remains in effect as well - and Walsh said cars parked on them will be towed.
Like schools, libraries will be shut. But 14 youth centers will be open. No decision on additional school closings until tomorrow; he said he's meeting with interim School Superintendent John McDonough this afternoon to figure out how to get students the extra school days they'll need to make up additional snow days.