Move cars by 8 p.m. to avoid ticketing or towing.
Somerville Public Schools closed Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.
Forecasts for today’s storm continue to change, with most recent updates predicting up to 8 more inches of snow to fall overnight on Monday, with heavy snow through the morning commute on Tuesday.
EMERGENCY IN EFFECT AT 4 P.M. MOVE CARS BY 8 P.M.
PARK ON THE ODD-SIDE THIS WINTER SEASON
Based on these updated forecasts, the City will be declaring a snow emergency to go into effect at 4 p.m. on Monday. Beginning at 4 p.m., cars will have 4 hours to move to the ODD side of the street by 8 p.m. (unless signage on your streets says otherwise). Because this winter season begins in an odd year (2019), parking is allowed on the ODD side only (unless otherwise posted). Streets where parking is allowed only on the even side year-round may be exceptions. Please read the signs on your street for guidance.
PARKING ALLOWED IN CITY LOTS
Additional parking is available in City-owned lots but not School lots as noted below, BUT please only use City lots if you are able to move your car AT ANY TIME with a two-hour notice. The emergency could be lifted at any time (including during the work day), and cars not moved within two hours of the lift may be ticketed and towed. For a full list of available City-owned parking lots, visit www.somervillema.gov/snow.
NO PARKING IN SCHOOL LOTS
School parking lots are no longer available for parking during snow emergencies. Gates at school parking lots will be locked on Monday night as soon as evening activities conclude. After approximately 9 p.m., any car still parked in a school lot may be ticketed and towed, or locked in the lot. To avoid having your vehicle locked in the lot, ticketed, and towed, be sure to vacate all school lots as soon as evening activities conclude.
PLEASE USE AND SHARE DRIVEWAYS
If you have a driveway that could accommodate your or other vehicles, please use it and consider offering a spot to a neighbor to help free up needed on-street parking.
LEAVE ROOM FOR PLOWS: DON’T PARK WITHIN 20 FEET OF A CORNER
State law requires that no vehicle be parked within 20 feet of a corner and this is strictly enforced during snow emergencies. Clearance at corners is needed to ensure plows and emergency vehicles can access all streets. Please also be sure to park within 1 foot of the curb.
TRASH & RECYCLING ON SCHEDULE; STREET SWEEPING SUSPENDED FOR WEEK
Trash and recycling pickup will remain on a normal schedule on Tuesday. Street sweeping has been canceled for the rest of this week, but will resume during the week of December 9.
On Monday evening, December 2, all recreation activities are canceled, except for programs at the skating rink and the Kennedy School swimming pool. SCALE classes after 6 p.m. are canceled. All branches of the Somerville Public Library will close early at 6 p.m.
On Tuesday, December 3, Somerville Public Schools will be closed, and public libraries will be open, but story time at the Community Baptist Church will be canceled on Tuesday. Public ice skating will be available at the Veterans Memorial Rink on Somerville Ave from noon to 3 p.m.
SHOVELING & BIKE SAFETY
Bike lanes and cycle tracks will be plowed as part of our snow removal; however, they may have snow or ice buildup for the duration of the storm and for the hours immediately afterward. Please use caution when riding a bike and consider using other modes of transportation if you must travel. When shoveling snow from your sidewalk, please remember you may not deposit snow or ice on the street or in a bicycle lane, and that sidewalks must be cleared within 6 daylight hours following the end of snow fall.
Please check on neighbors, especially the elderly, who may need assistance with errands or snow removal both before and after the storm. In the event of power outages, please also check on neighbors who may need your help, and report heating loss to both the power company and 311. DPW crews work long, grueling shifts: a smile and a wave can go a long way in helping them feel appreciated.
Thank you for your patience and cooperating during this storm.
For more information, please visit www.somervillema.gov/snow or contact 311.