Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Please be advised that the overnight winter parking ban will be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1, so crews can properly clear the remaining slush and snow from the streets before the temperatures drop.
Vehicles must be off municipal streets during these hours. Residents are also reminded that their vehicles should be off the streets today, as per Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act. Tickets can be issued and vehicles can be towed any time they are parked in a manner that interferes with snow clearing.
Most areas of the Halifax region got about five centimetres of snow overnight, mixed with ice pellets and freezing rain. Right now many streets are covered with heavy slush and the rain is expected to continue for several hours. Crews are working to clear the streets and catch basins to help deal with flooding.
The temperature is expected to drop quickly late tonight, which will freeze any slush and snow that remains on the streets and sidewalks. It's important that residents move their vehicles so crews have the ability to widen the streets as much as possible leading into these cold temperatures.
The overnight winter parking ban is in effect from now until March 31, 2015; however, it will only be enforced during declared snow and ice events.
The easiest way to be prepared is to sign up for CityWatch notifications of parking bans. Residents can also register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 311. Subscribers will receive timely alerts by phone, email, and/or text message when the ban is in effect and again when it is lifted. Residents who received these notifications last winter will continue to receive the service this year. Standard text messaging rates apply.
For more information on clearing operations, service standards and impacts on municipal services, please visit www.halifax.ca/snow.