BOSTON (CBS) – Public schools in Boston will be closed on Friday, February 5 due to snow in the forecast.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning because heavy snow is expected early Friday morning until mid afternoon.

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WBZ-TV’s Terry Eliasen is forecasting 4-8″ of snow for much of Eastern Mass.

“The snow levels are expected to increase throughout the school day and we believe it is in the best interests of our students’ safety to close schools on Friday,” said Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang.

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Superintendent Chang encouraged families to have their children attend a BCYF Center if childcare is needed.

In a statement Mayor Marty Walsh said, “We are acting out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our residents, especially our children.”

Walsh asked residents to remain vigilant and to keep an eye out for neighbors.

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Boston Public Works will have 500 trucks pre-treating roads by 6:00 a.m.