Plan now for parking during snow emergencies

WASHINGTON - Washington city ordinances require the police chief to publicize the snow emergency parking requirements each November.

The purpose of Washington’s snow emergency ordinance is to limit on-street parking during a declared snow emergency to give plows access to clear the entire street during extreme winter storms.

The Washington Police Department reminds residents that now is a good time to plan for an off-street parking option should the mayor declare a snow emergency.

Washington City Ordinance 69.13 reads, “In order to protect public safety and to provide access for emergency vehicles, no person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley, or other declared area during any snow emergency proclaimed by the mayor unless the snow has been removed or plowed from said street, alley, or area and the snow has ceased to fall.”

The parking ban shall continue throughout the duration of the snow or ice storm including the 48-hour period after cessation of the storm except upon streets which have been fully opened.

Snow emergencies will be relayed to local news media and publicized on social media. Snow emergencies may be extended or shortened when conditions warrant.

Vehicles found parked in violation of the snow emergency ordinance may be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense.