Parking bans end after snowfall that avoided worst expectations
A city snow emergency parking ban ended at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday after beginning at 1 p.m. Monday. Residents parked in one of the city’s snow emergency off-street parking locations should leave within two hours after the ban has been lifted to avoid being charged, Cambridge officials said in a Tuesday email.
Somerville’s parking ban ended at 9 a.m. Tuesday, and cars must leave city lots by 11 a.m. to avoid ticketing or towing.
The storm underperformed. Though forecasters said anywhere from 6 inches to a foot of snow was expected, the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office on Tuesday reported that Cambridge saw only 2.4 inches as of 10:11 p.m. Monday. CBS’ local channel, using various sources, lacked a total for Cambridge but had a wild range from the city’s neighbors: Boston’s Logan Airport saw 1.2 inches, the channel said, while Lexington saw 12.9.
Still, the City Council moved its meeting to Wednesday based on effects expected from the storm, and Cambridge Public Schools said Tuesday would be a fully remote learning day for all students (On Wednesday, schools are closed for students because of a previously scheduled staff planning day.)
Curbside trash, recycling and yard waste collection is canceled for Tuesday, the city said, and routes will be one day behind for the rest of the week. If a pickup is missed, “leave it out and crews will return to pick it up,” a city email said. The Cambridge Recycling Center will be closed Tuesday.
More snow is possible through Tuesday afternoon and on Friday (a 70 percent chance) and Sunday (a 40 percent chance), forecasters said.
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.