Snowy Huron Avenue

The launch of the city’s Snow Center website includes this tweeted photo of a snowy Huron Avenue. (Photo: Saurabh Mhatre)

From the City of Cambridge, Jan. 25, 2016:Snow Center website (at cambridgema.gov/snow) was launched today to provide residents with timely updates on the city’s response to winter storms and provide useful storm information that can be viewed quickly and easily in one location.

Through the online Snow Center, residents can stay informed of when a snow emergency has been declared or lifted; register to get emergency alerts; find out about snow emergency off-street parking locations; or learn if city offices or programs have modified hours of operation.

“After last year’s record-breaking snow season, we made it a priority to learn lessons not only about how to improve our operations, but also about additional ways to communicate timely, useful information to residents,” said Owen O’Riordan, the city’s commissioner of public works.  “The Cambridge Snow Center website will be a great tool for helping the public access information about the city’s snow operations, parking regulations and other frequently asked questions, all in one, easy-to-view location.”

The Cambridge Snow Center also includes a “Frequently Asked Questions” section with helpful information on property owner responsibilities and the Snow Exemption Program, as well as a “What’s Happening” section displaying real-time snow-related social media updates and news stories; and finally a “Useful Information” section with additional resources and important phone numbers and websites.

Residents can also use the new city’s non-emergency reporting system, Commonwealth Connect (at cambridgema.gov/CommonwealthConnect) to report an icy or snowy street or unshoveled sidewalk. To get voice, text and email notification of declared snow emergency parking bans in the city, residents can sign up to get CodeRed alerts directly from the Snow Center.