Sunday, March 15, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Please be advised that the municipal overnight winter parking ban will continue to be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, March 16, to allow crews to continue clearing the streets of the snow and ice from today’s storm.
Heavy snow is expected to continue all morning, with a transition to ice pellets and freezing rain around noon, and then changing back to snow flurries later today. Blowing snow and reduced visibility are expected with high gusting winds.
Crews have been out all night and will continue to plow main roads? this morning. Center line cuts on residential streets are underway; however, street and sidewalk progress is expected to be hampered by blowing and drifting snow. Residents are advised to limit non-essential travel and be aware that reduced visibility will make for slower driving.
Vehicles must be off municipal streets during the hours noted above. Residents should also be aware that under section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, tickets can be issued and vehicles can be towed any time, day or night, if they are parked in a manner that interferes with snow clearing.
As well, in order to further optimize mobility, visibility and ultimately safety, the municipality is using temporary No Parking signage on select streets in the Halifax region where it is particularly difficult for local traffic, buses and emergency service providers to navigate around parked vehicles. This step is often taken during the winter months and is permitted under Section 151 of the Motor Vehicle Act. Motorists are advised to obey these restrictions or risk being ticketed or towed.
The overnight winter parking ban is in effect from now until March 31. It will be enforced only during declared snow and ice events and snow removal operations.
The easiest way to be prepared when snow is coming is to sign up for CityWatch notifications of parking bans. Fill out a registration form, call 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 snow clearing operations, visit www.halifax.ca/snow.