Salem declares snow emergency, parking ban
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SALEM, Mass. (WHDH) -- The streets are clear now, but that's about to change.
City leaders are asking everyone to use your shovel and make sure the drains on the roads around your home are clear. That way when the snow melts it will drain away and prevent flooding.
Salem's snow emergency lights aren't on yet, but they will be soon. A snow emergency will be in effect at 10 p.m. tonight.
“If the storm should settle here, we might get 10 to 12,” said Ron Sirois, Hardware store manager.
Salt and shovels are the biggest sellers today at local hardware stores as people make sure to get what they need before the storm.
“Just a little snow, no big deal, we're used to it," said Rich Beauregard, resident.
Don't forget it's a city ordinance requiring you to clear off sidewalks within six hours. So store managers say ice melters are a hot seller. In fact, this is the second time they've re-stocked the shelves.
“It’s a snow emergency tomorrow and we have to be on the clock by 6 a.m. call, make sure we’re open. Cars are parked on the street, so yeah, we’re getting ready for the snow. It’s cold,” said
The snow plows are already out in preparation and once the lights go on, the snow emergency is in effect, which means a parking ban is in effect as well.
So, if you park on city streets or sidewalks, you'll get towed and get a ticket and don't forget about your neighbors.
“The elderly people, everyone has a hard time, but if we're going to get it, this is New England,” said Sirois.
Click here for a list of alternative parking options.