SOMERVILLE – In accordance with the City’s Snow Emergency Procedures, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has declared a snow emergency for the City of Somerville to go into effect at 7 p.m on Sunday, March 20. Somerville Public Schools will be closed on Monday.
During snow emergencies, parking is allowed on the odd-numbered side of the street only (unless otherwise posted). Cars not moved by 11 p.m. Sunday night will be subject to ticketing and towing. Residents unable to find a parking space on the odd-numbered side of the street may park in any municipal or school parking lot for the duration of the emergency. However, because there is no parking enforcement on Sundays, residents may park in these lots effectively immediately. Full snow emergency and snow removal policies may be found on the City’s website at http://www.somervillema.gov/snow.
Closings/Openings for Monday, March 20
Somerville Public Schools will be closed on Monday.
City Hall will be open normal hours.
Trash and recycling pickup will take place on the normal schedule.
Afternoon recreation activities will take place as scheduled.
Libraries will be open.
Residents are also reminded property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property within 6 daylight hours of the end of snowfall.
Residents are encouraged to sign up for the City’s alert system to receive emergency and community alert notification by phone, email and/or text message. Residents may sign up for alerts by visiting http://www.somervillema.gov/alerts or by calling 311 (617-666-3311 from outside the City).
Parking Regulations During a Snow Emergency:
Once a snow emergency is declared, vehicle owners have four hours (unless otherwise noted) from the start of the emergency to move their vehicles to the odd-numbered side of the street (unless otherwise posted), or they will be ticketed and towed. Municipal and school lots will be made available at no cost to residents during snow emergencies. It is important that vehicles only be parked on one side of the street as noted above to ensure plows can make all roads accessible and safe, particularly for emergency vehicles. For a list of available parking lots, visit http://www.somervillema.gov/snow.
Snow Emergency Policies:
A snow emergency may be declared whenever four or more inches of snow are predicted. City officials closely monitor storm forecasts and use all available information to make an informed decision. Once a snow emergency has been declared, residents are notified via multiple lines of communication, including:
City Cable TV (Channel 22 for Comcast customers, Channel 13 for RCN customers) and Educational TV (Channel 15);
Local TV, radio and print media;
Postings on City social media feeds, including:
Twitter: @SomervilleCity; @311Somerville
City website: http://www.somervillema.gov
Flashing blue lights activated at 22 key intersections in the City (when lights are flashing, a snow emergency is in effect).