Both Newburyport and Amesbury declared snow emergencies on Sunday, with street parking bans put into effect as of 6 p.m.
In a web post, Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday said the blue lights, indicating a street parking ban, would be activated at noon Sunday, and around that time, Department of Public Services crews would begin treating all roads. Plowing was scheduled to start once snow accumulates, she said in the post.
The snow emergency contact number for DPS is 978-463-0472.
The City of Amesbury announced on its website Sunday morning that the street parking ban also would be in effect from Sunday night until 7 a.m. Monday. Amesbury is using blue lights to notify residents about the street parking ban as well.
That ban – which this year replaced a previous Amesbury prohibition of street parking all winter – said vehicles parked on public roads would be subject to fines and towing.
"Should the storm be more severe than anticipated the snow emergency and parking ban may be extended," the notice on the Amesbury website said. "Residents are encouraged to check the city website and Facebook pages for updates."
In Newburyport, the same standards were in place: During a parking ban, all parking is prohibited on all public ways. Any vehicle parked on a public way is subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner’s expense. The city’s towing priorities are based on access needs for fire, police and ambulances.
Holaday said Newburyport residents may park (free of charge) in city-controlled municipal lots until the ban has been lifted.
Owners of vehicles parked in the municipal lots must remove them within 12 hours after the parking ban is lifted so the DPS crews can properly clear those public lots.
Additional information for Newburyport on the snow emergency parking ban and storm information can be found at the two links below:
In Amesbury, check https://www.amesburyma.gov for updates.