For Winter 2019/20, Park ODD During Snow Season

Sign Up for City Alerts to be Reminded of Snow Emergencies and Parking Regulations

SOMERVILLE – As snow season approaches, the City of Somerville reminds all residents that because this winter season begins in an odd year, snow emergency parking is allowed is the odd side. The City’s snow removal policy for public streets requires that residents park only on one designated side of the street during snow emergencies (unless otherwise posted). One-sided parking is needed to allow plows to push snow to the other side of the street to ensure safe passage for emergency vehicles and others. Any exceptions for designated streets will be posted with official roadside signage. For example, roads that have parking only on the even-numbered side of the street year-round will also park on the even side during snow emergencies.

Reminder: No Parking in School Lots During Snow Emergencies
As a reminder, parking is no longer allowed in school parking lots during snow emergencies. Four hours after a snow emergency is called, gates to school parking lots will be closed and locked until the emergency is lifted. The goal of this change, which was introduced during the 2018-2019 winter season, is to reduce the number of snow day school cancellations by allowing the Department of Public Works adequate time to clear the parking lots overnight and in the early morning hours following a snow event so that they will be available for school teachers, staff, and student drop-off. Keeping schools open when conditions allow provides students with equitable access to the best learning environment and the many services that our schools provide.

Additional off-street parking will still be available in other municipal parking lots such as the metered lots in business districts. As always, we also encourage residents with access to driveways to please use them during snow emergencies or, if not needed, make them available to neighbors to help alleviate demand for on-street parking. A map of available municipal lots for snow emergency parking can be found at, along with general snow emergency policy information.

Sign Up for City Alerts
As a reminder, the City of Somerville offers a free alert system, available for phone calls, emails, and text messages, to keep you in the loop in advance of snow emergencies as well as other important city information. If you are not already registered, you can sign up by visiting, or by calling 311 (617-666-3311 from outside the city).
Note: Database glitches resulting in your not receiving messages pertaining to parking restrictions, including snow emergencies, do not automatically qualify you for dismissal or reimbursement of tickets and/or tow fees. Please review signage on your street, pay close attention to temporary signage, and review our parking policies and snow emergency policies.

Please Pay Attention to Information Sources When Snow is Approaching
In addition to direct City alerts, the city announces snow emergencies in a number of ways, including but not limited to announcements to local and regional TV, radio, print, online, and social media news sources; alerts on the City’s website; alerts via the 311 Somerville App; postings on the City’s social media feeds including and @somervillecity on Twitter; alerts on City Cable TV (Comcast Ch. 22, RCN Ch. 13 & Ch. 613); and flashing blue lights at major intersections.

Prior to and during the winter season, reminders in the City newsletter (sign up at, on the City website, on banners and signage across town, electronic message boards, and flyers on cars are used to remind residents of snow emergency parking policies.

Snow Emergency Parking Information
· Once a snow emergency has been declared, residents have four hours to move vehicles to the correct side of the street, or into a designated municipal parking lot.
· Vehicles not moved during this window of time may be ticketed ($100 fine) and towed ($100 fine assessed by the tow company).
· Vehicles parked within 20 feet of any intersection may be ticketed and towed.
· For a list of designated municipal parking lots available for snow emergency parking, visit
· Residents are encouraged to sign up for phone, email, and text alerts by visiting

For more information on the City’s snow removal and snow emergency policies, visit, or download the City’s 311 app in iTunes or Google Play, by searching “311Somerville.”

One thought on “For Winter 2019/20, Park ODD During Snow Season”

  1. And remember this season we have less parking with the cities help and about 800 more more cars. So grab your spots early. Also maybe have your yard paved to help alleviate this situation. But this year we have that nice bike lane to get rid of that excess snow. Since we are not allowed to throw it out into the street.

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