Tuesday, March 17, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Please be advised that the municipal overnight parking ban will continue to be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, to allow crews to clear the streets from the snow expected to start later today.
Environment Canada has a winter storm warning in effect for Nova Scotia. This system will bring snow, strong winds and blowing snow to much of the Maritimes beginning this afternoon. Areas of eastern Nova Scotia are forecast to receive up to 30 centimetres of snow by Wednesday evening.
Today crews are continuing to clear and widen side streets and sidewalks, as well as bus stops, crosswalks and key intersections in preparation for more snow. Despite this work, conditions are expected to be snow-covered and slick later tonight and tomorrow morning.
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.