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Snow Emergency Declared in Medford

Starting Friday at 8 a.m. parking is banned on emergency arteries.

According to the Medford Police Department's website, a snow emergency for Medford will go into effect starting at 8 a.m. Friday as a blizzard is expected to hit the region.

What does this mean?

"During declared snow emergencies, on the designated streets cars can be ticketed and towed," the police website says.

Those streets are as follows:

Boston Avenue, Central Avenue, College Avenue from George Street to Boston Avenue, Forest Street, Fulton Street, George Street, Governors Avenue, Grove Street, Hancock Street, Harvard Avenue, Harvard Street, High Street, Lawrence Road, Main Street, Medford Street, Mystic Avenue from Main Street to Crescent Street, Playstead Road, Riverside Avenue, Salem Street, Spring Street, Washington Street, Webster Street, Willis Avenue, Winthrop Street and Woburn Street.

"Those residents who have driveways, garages, or other off-street parking facility are not allowed to park on the street for a period of time longer than one hour between 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. and could face a fine of $15," according to the website.

For more information, including items on Medford's general winter parking ban, click here.

Here is more information from the office of Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn released Thursday afternoon:

A snow emergency has been declared for the City of Medford effective at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, until further notice.  All posted snow emergency arteries must be clear of all motor vehicles.  Those in violation will be ticketed and towed.  The fine is $50.00 plus the cost of towing and storage.  During a declared snow emergency, Odd/Even parking is in effect 24 hours a day.  All vehicles on the side streets must be parked on the even side of the street unless otherwise previously exempted by the Traffic Commission.  Those vehicles that are in violation will be ticketed and towed, with a fine of $50 plus the cost of towing and storage.  

In order to completely clear the streets for emergency vehicles to gain access, anyone found to be clearly property, shoveling, snow blowing or plowing into the street, will be fined a minimum of $50 for the violation.  No person, vehicle, or object is to block or obstruct a snow plow by any means.  “Our first priority is public safety,” said Mayor Michael J. McGlynn. 

Stay tuned to the Medford Patch Storm Information Center for the latest information on Friday's blizzard.

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