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Nor’easter shuts down schools, museums, shopping areas

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.

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