Bridgeport, Hartford Declare Snow Emergencies Ahead of Storm | NBC Connecticut

Bridgeport, Hartford Declare Snow Emergencies Ahead of Storm

(Published Friday, Jan. 23, 2015)

The city of Bridgeport has declared a snow emergency effective at 8 p.m. Friday ahead of tomorrow's storm, and a snow emergency in Hartford will take effect at the stroke of midnight.

A storm cell moving in from the southwest could drop up to 6 inches across much of the state.

Bridgeport

Residents are required to park on the even-numbered sides of city streets so plows can get by and clear the roads. Cars that do not comply with the parking requirements will be towed, according to the mayor's office.

To get their cars off the streets, residents can keep their cars at all Bridgeport public schools parking lots during the storm.

Parking along snow emergency routes is also prohibited. Snow emergency streets are marked with signs and are listed on the city's website.

Mayor Bill Finch said snow plows and salt-spreading trucks are at the ready and will be out in full force when the snow begins to fall.

Officials with the city's Department of Public Works are urging residents to shovel all walkways for safety purposes and avoid dumping snow from driveways and sidewalks back into the street.

Anyone with weather-related questions is urged to call the city's "BConnected" call center at 203-574-1311 or the Emergency Operations Center at 203-579-3829.

Hartford

The snow emergency in Hartford will take effect at 12:01 a.m. and will end at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the mayor's office.

A parking ban has been issued, and residents are prohibited from parking along city streets. Cars that are not moved by midnight will be ticketed and towed.

Parking is available at all Hartford Public Schools starting at 3 p.m. Friday.

Residents can also park at the Morgan Street Garage, the lot at 2 Holcomb Street, the Keney Park Entrance Lot on Ridgefield Street, the KDA Center Lot on Naugatuck Street, the Pope Park Center Lot on Park Terrace, the Metzner Center Lot on Franklin Avenue, the Colt Park Lot on Wawarme Avenue and the Elizabeth Park lots.

The parking ban will be lifted on Sunday and Winterfest at Bushnell Park will remain open, according to the mayor's office.

Residents who need to get out of the cold can seek shelter by calling 211 or visiting the McKinney Shelter at 34 Huyshope Avenue, Immaculate Conception Shelter at 560 Park Street and South Park Inn at 75 Main Street.

More information on the city's parking ban is available online.

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