Saturday, May 18, 2024

Department of Public Works trucks prepare to grapple with a winter storm last week. (Photo: Department of Public Works)

Here we go again: Sunday’s winter storm is bringing with it a snow emergency parking ban meant to keep roads empty for snowplows, though officials said city offices, libraries and human service programs were expected to be open regular hours Monday. Schools will be closed.

The National Weather Service has a winter storm warning in effect until 1 p.m. Monday, with residents told to expect from 8 to 12 inches of snow; many roads would be impassable, the weather service said, and there was potential for power outages. The occasionally heavy snow and possibly high winds – 15 to 25 mph, “with a few gusts up to 55 mph” – was to end Monday afternoon or evening.

Thursday’s storm dropped 14.1 inches, bringing the total for the winter to 30.9; last year’s total was 25.4 inches, a result of the second-warmest winter on record (after the winter of 2001-02); the year before, 2014, was the “snowpocalypse” that delivered a daunting 110.6 inches.

The parking ban goes into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday, meaning vehicles left on streets with “No Parking during a Snow Emergency” signs will be ticketed and towed until the ban is lifted. Residents losing street parking get a free alternative at some garage facilities (cars would be accepted beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday). A list and map of prohibited streets off-street parking options is on Snow Center.

Update on Feb. 13, 2017: The parking ban ends at 10 a.m., officials said.

Property owners are reminded that ice needs to be removed within six hours from the time it forms, by city law. Snow needs to be removed within 12 hours after it stops falling during the day, and before 1 p.m. if it snowed during the night.

Power outages can be reported to Eversource at (800) 592-2000.

The public is encouraged to follow updates on the city’s website, on Twitter at @CambMA and on Facebook at CambridgeMA.Gov. The city will be using the hash tag #CambMASnow on Twitter to help the public follow the conversation. Members of the public can also call (617) 349-4800 or (617) 349-4700 for information and sign up for parking ban notifications here. The Police Department’s non-emergency line is (617) 349-3300.