Somerville Declares Snow Emergency Effective Monday, February 1, at 8 a.m.

Move vehicles to even-numbered side of street by 12 noon Monday to avoid ticketing and towing (unless otherwise posted) (you can move your car Sunday night; you don’t have to wait until Monday morning)

Parking is also allowed in municipal lots (but not in school lots)
Open Monday: City remote services, School remote learning, School pilot onsite learning, Grab and Go meal sites, Covid-19 testing, library curbside services until 1 p.m.
Closed to public Monday: all City buildings, rinks, pool
Trash/Recycling pickup on normal schedule, no delays

SOMERVILLE – Based on current weather forecasts, the City is declaring a snow emergency to go into effect at 8 a.m. on Monday, February 1. Beginning at 8 a.m., cars will have 4 hours (until 12 noon) to move to the EVEN side of the street (unless signage on your streets says otherwise). Any exceptions will be noted by nearby signs. Moving cars to one side makes room for plows and emergency vehicles, so thank you for doing your part. Please note, you may move your car on Sunday night to the even side or allowed City lots. You do not have to wait until Monday morning to move your car.

Municipal parking lots are also available for snow emergency parking. For a full list of available City-owned parking lots, visit School parking lots are not available for parking during snow emergencies and gates will be locked at 9 a.m. Monday. To avoid having your vehicle locked in a school lot, ticketed, and towed, be sure to vacate all lots before 9 a.m. Monday.

If you do use city lots, please note that all cars must be moved within two hours of the end of the emergency. Snow emergencies can be lifted at any time, including during work hours, so if you are unable to move your car out of a city lot at potentially short notice, please consider finding alternative parking.
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.

Open/Closed Services:

Open Monday:
Remote City services
School remote learning
School onsite learning pilot
School baseline Covid-19 testing
Grab and Go meals distribution (extra meals will be offered Monday in advance of the storm)
Library curbside services open until 1 p.m.
All Community Schools programming
CHA Covid-19 testing site at Assembly
On Schedule:
Trash pickup will remain on the usual schedule on Monday
Closed Monday:
All City buildings closed to public
Ice rink and Kennedy pool

For more information, please visit or contact 311.


Sidewalk Shoveling: To ensure safe passage for all, property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property within 6 daylight hours of the end of snowfall.

Avoid Parking within 20 feet of an intersection: To leave enough clearance for plows and emergency vehicles, cars parked within 20 feet of an intersection may be subject to ticketing and towing if they are deemed to be likely to restrict access. This regulation is enforced as needed and is especially important to adhere to on narrower streets.
Snow Shoveling Assistance: The Somerville Teen Shoveling program is a paid program for youth to shovel out seniors or persons with disabilities after a snowstorm in Somerville. Teens and homeowners are paired for the season. You must apply and be paired with teen shovelers well in advance of a storm. To enquire how to sign up for future storms, contact the Council on Aging at 617-625-6600 x2300.
Snow Emergency Parking Exceptions (Why some streets have odd-side parking this season): Parking on a limited number of streets have odd side parking during snow emergencies always. Typically, these are one-way streets where year-round parking is only allowed on the odd side due to space constraints. In some cases, they are streets that have parking on both sides of the street but that have no buildings on one side of the street for the duration of the plow route. In these cases, parking may only be allowed on the side of the street with homes. Please check signs on your street.
Plan ahead: In winter, it’s always good to plan ahead. Once an emergency is declared, you will have four hours to move your car, so if you are traveling or working, park on the correct side before you leave just in case moving your car in time could be difficult.
Driveway use: If you have access to a driveway, please consider using it during snow emergencies, or even sharing it with a neighbor or friend.
City alerts: Community members are encouraged to sign up for the City’s alert system to receive emergency phone, email and/or text message alerts as well as important information for your neighborhood. Sign up for alerts at or by calling 311 (617-666-3311 from cell phones or outside the city).
When are snow emergencies called? A snow emergency may be declared whenever four or more inches of snow are predicted. City officials closely monitor storm forecasts through various means, and use all available information to make an informed decision that takes into account forecasted snow accumulations, pavement temperatures, post-storm temperatures, existence of remaining snow from previous storms, and other factors.
How to stay informed about snow emergencies: Once a snow emergency has been declared, residents are notified via multiple lines of communication, including: City alerts, City Cable TV (Comcast Ch. 15 & 22, RCN Ch. 13, 15, & 613), local media (online, radio, print, TV, etc.), City social media including,, Twitter @SomervilleCity and @311Somerville, the City website, and flashing blue lights activated at 22 key intersections in the City (when lights are flashing, a snow emergency is in effect).

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