Parking Bans in Place in Fitchburg and Leominster As Snow Approaches Region

January 29, 2019
Parking bans are in place in Fitchburg and Leominster. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/FILE PHOTO

Parking bans are in effect in Fitchburg and Leominster as forecasters predicted the region will get a coating of plowable snow over the next day and a half.

The precipitation is expected to begin Tuesday afternoon and continue on and off until 5 p.m. Wednesday with four to six inches expected, according to the National Weather Service.

Scattered squalls are expected to begin between 3 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, these squalls will bring brief, heavy snowfall and high winds creating near white-out conditions and hazardous travel conditions for the Wednesday evening commute.

High winds and plummeting temperatures will create wind chills of between 10 and 25 degrees below zero late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency expects to issue Wind Chill Advisories for a “good portion of the region” with possible Wind Chill Warnings for higher elevations in the state.

Temperatures are predicted to moderate over the weekend.

Property owners are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice, the city reminded residents.

In Leominster, drivers cannot park vehicles on the street for a period of time longer than one hour between midnight and 6 a.m. for 48 hours following and during the winter storm, according to a city ordinance that goes into effect each December.

On various streets in the city, tenants, occupants and owners of real estate abutting certain sidewalks cannot allow the sidewalks to remain covered in snow for more than 12 hours following the end of a snow storm, according to Leominster ordinances. The full list of streets is available on the city’s website.

During the ban, vehicles parking on city streets in both cities can be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense.

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