Nor’easter shuts down schools, museums, shopping areas

Boston, MA - January 31, 2017: Bill Johnson (cq) gets his exercise while skating at the Frog Pond on his lunch break at the Boston Common in Boston, MA on  January 31, 2017. A low-grade snowstorm will drop 3 to 5 inches of snow on the Greater Boston area Tuesday afternoon, causing a slippery ride home during evening rush hour. This isn’t a big storm. By the time it ends, most areas will have about 3 inches on the ground. In Boston and areas 20 miles north and south of the Massachusetts Turnpike, expect about 5 inches. (Globe staff photo / Craig F. Walker) section: metro reporter:
Bill Johnson skates at the Frog Pond on Jan. 31, 2017. –Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe

In case you haven’t heard, a nor’ easter is expected to dump about a foot of snow on the Boston area Thursday.

Boston area schools began announcing Wednesday night that classes were canceled on Thursday, and other local spots locked up, too.

Museums across the city, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Science, posted their closures on social media Wednesday and Thursday:

So did outlet shopping areas in Wrentham, Lee, Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine. Emerald Square Mall in North Attleboro and The Shops at Chestnut Hill are closed as well.

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No luck if you were hoping to spend the day ice skating at the Frog Pond:

Restaurants, breweries, and movie theaters are posting closures to social media, so you will want to call ahead before you venture out for beer, food, or a flick.

Some businesses are closing down for only part of the day. For example, Row 34 has closed down for lunch only, and will open back up at 4 p.m. for the raw bar and 5 p.m. for dinner service. Coolidge Corner Theatre and Trillium Brewing are both closed until Friday.

We are closed today for lunch service! Open at 4pm for raw bar and 5pm for dinner. 📸 : @oysteresses

Posted by Row 34 on Thursday, February 9, 2017

To make sure everyone stays safe out there today, #TheCoolidge will be closed for the entirety of Thursday, February 9….

Posted by Coolidge Corner Theatre on Thursday, February 9, 2017

People who want to visit the penguins and sharks at the New England Aquarium will have to wait until Friday.

Libraries closed down, as well. The City of Cambridge libraries are closed for the day, and the Boston Public Library closed all locations at 1 p.m.