Somerville declares Snow Emergency effective 3 p.m. today

On January 21, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

snowpowderhouseUpdated:The City of Somerville and Somerville Public Schools have announced that due to weather predictions for Tuesday, Jan. 21, all school activities after 6 p.m. and all public meetings for Tuesday evening have been cancelled, and Somerville Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 22.  If you have questions or need any additional information, call 311.

In accordance with the City’s Snow Emergency Procedures, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has declared a snow emergency for the City of Somerville will go into effect at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.  During snow emergencies, parking is allowed on the odd-numbered side of the street only (unless otherwise posted).  Cars not moved by 7 p.m. Tuesday evening 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.  Full snow emergency and snow removal policies may be found on the city’s website at

Residents are encouraged to sign up for the City’s alert system to receive notification by phone, email and/or text message in the event of emergencies or with important information for your neighborhood. Residents may also sign up for alerts by calling 311 (617-666-3311 from outside the city).

Snow Emergency Policies:

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 will use all available information to make an informed decision as swiftly as possible. Once a snow emergency has been declared, residents will be notified via multiple lines of communication, including:

Parking Regulations During a Snow Emergency:

Once a snow emergency is declared, vehicle owners will have four hours (unless otherwise noted) in which 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.

– City of Somerville

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5 Responses to “Somerville declares Snow Emergency effective 3 p.m. today”

  1. Me says:

    With little expected accumulation before 5PM (

    why start this at 3 pm before most people will be out of work and able to move their cars?

  2. Ron Newman says:

    3 pm is when you can *start* moving your cars (into city lots). 7 pm is when your car should no longer be on the even side. This 4-hour window is pretty standard procedure for any Somerville snow emergency.

  3. Pixie Pocahontas says:

    From the auto generated email courtesy of city hall:

    “Please also note that per City ordinance, property owners have six daylight hours following the lifting of a snow emergency in which to clear snow and ice from sidewalks. Paths must be shoveled to a minimum width of 42 inches, and snow may not be shoveled into the street. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in fines”.

    42″? They are out of their minds.

  4. The Captain says:

    Is the City ever going to comply with accomodations for all to gain access to THEIR properties as required by law? No elevators or ramps at the DPW, no elevator at the firehouse on Winter Hill, no ramp either.

    Lead by example.

  5. wth says:

    They are out of their minds regardless, Pixie. They cannot require a resident to clear city property. Of course, most of us do, so that we can come and go safely, and our neighbors can as well. But I don’t believe it is legal to require it. Want to fight it? Not on your life. Why is it considered your property when covered with snow, but not the rest of the year? There was a proposal a few years ago that property owners be responsible for the cleanliness of the street in front of their property year round.

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