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Feb 16, 2013

SOMERVILLE DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY EFFECTIVE SAT., FEBRUARY 16TH AT 7:30 P.M.

With Storm Track Shifting Slightly Closer to Boston Area, City Responds to Revised Forecasts Calling for Up to 8 Inches of Additional Accumulation

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SOMERVILLE – In response to rapidly shifting forecasts that now call for four to eight inches of snow in the Boston Metro area, and in accordance with the City’s Snow Emergency Procedures, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has declared a snow emergency for the City of Somerville to go into effect at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th.

During snow emergencies, parking is allowed on the odd-numbered side of the street only (unless otherwise posted).  Residents unable to find a parking space on the odd-numbered side of the street may park in any municipal or school lot for the duration of the emergency.  Under City regulations, an effective 7:30 p.m. snow emergency declaration means that cars not moved by 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night may be subject to ticketing and towing.   A list of available city lots and other relevant information may be found on the City’s website at www.somervillema.gov/snow.

Residents who have not already done so may visit the City’s website, www.somervillema.gov/snow, to view snow emergency procedures, download the snow procedures brochure or sign up for Connect CTY telephone and email alerts and other time sensitive messages from the City.  For real-time updates, please visit the City’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/somervillecity, and Twitter feeds:  @SomervilleCity and @311Somerville.

Additional snow emergency notification measures include: messages and information posted to all City Cable channels; flashing blue lights installed at 22 key intersections and entryways to the City, which will be activated immediately after the declaration of a snow emergency, and remain lit for the duration of the snow emergency; announcements made by Somerville Police officers during morning neighborhood patrols; and prerecorded information on the city’s Information Hotline, 617-628-SNOW.