Tuesday, May 21, 2024

A city snow emergency parking ban for an overnight nor’easter, which dropped some 13.4 inches of snow as of Thursday afternoon, ends at 8 a.m. Friday, Cambridge officials said in a Thursday email. Residents parked in one of the city’s snow emergency offstreet parking locations should leave by 10 a.m. to avoid being charged.

Somerville’s parking ban ends at 10 a.m. and cars must leave city lots by noon to avoid ticketing or towing; the Department of Conservation and Recreation said its parking ban, in place along all DCR-managed roadways, is lifted effective 7 a.m. Friday.

The storm exceeded expectations – at the time Cambridge’s parking ban went into effect, only a foot was expected. (As much as 2 feet of snow hit some parts of the state, mainly in the west, weather experts said.)

No more snow is expected until Dec. 25, when about 4 inches is forecast to fall over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Keep Sidewalks Clear
City ordinance requires property owners to remove snow from sidewalks next to their property or business within 12 hours of daytime snowfall and before 1 p.m. when it has fallen overnight. They must also remove or melt all ice within six hours of when it forms. There is a $50 fine for each day of noncompliance. If you are away, it is still your responsibility to ensure that someone clears sidewalks next to your property. Remember to:

  • Shovel your sidewalk on all sides of your property, down to bare pavement
  • Make a path at least 3 feet wide
  • Clear ramps at corners and crosswalks
  • Chop or melt all ice
  • Keep street drains clear of snow
  • Consider helping neighbors who may have difficulty clearing their walk.

Disabled or elderly persons who qualify as low-income residents may be eligible for an exemption. Call the Cambridge Council on Aging, 617-349-6220 (voice) or 617-349-6050 (TTY) to learn more.

For information, visit the Department of Public Works (DPW) Website.

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