BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday due to the snowstorm.

WBZ-TV Executive Weather Producer Terry Eliasen expects 4-8” of snow to fall in Boston and in the immediate suburbs, and down the Mass Pike.

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“With that forecast in hand, Mayor Thomas M. Menino today met with his Snow Team and Interim Superintendent of Schools John P. McDonough, and the decision has been made to close schools Tuesday,” the mayor’s office said in a statement Monday night.

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The city also says that commuters should expect very slow traffic due to plowing operations and the use of public transportation is encouraged.

On March 8, Mayor Menino was criticized for not closing school after heavy snow caused delays on many bus routes. Later in the afternoon that day, Boston Public Schools sent out a robo-call saying that any absences would be forgiven, and children would be marked ‘constructively present’ rather than absent.

The final day of school for most students in Boston will now be on June 28.

The mayor’s office says all Boston Centers for Youth and Families sites will be open Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit for more information.