The snow is coming: How it affects parking in local communities

In the past, 26 Lynn Public School lots have been used for parking during snow emergencies. During this weekend’s storm, residents will flock to 14 of them.

During a parking ban in Lynn, vehicles left on streets and sidewalks are subject to ticketing and towing. An announcement will be made when the parking ban is lifted. There is a $135 fee if a vehicle is towed and the owner will receive a $150 ticket. An additional $35 storage fee will be applied for each day that the vehicle is held at the Federal Street tow lot.

For the past two years in Lynn, the city’s 26 schoolyards have been kept open during snow emergencies for resident parking.
Under a new policy voted by the School Committee in November, 14 public school lots will be open to residents during snowstorms: Sisson Elementary/Pickering Middle School, Lynn English High School, Ingalls Elementary School, Marshall Middle School, Hood Elementary School, Brickett Elementary School, Harrington Elementary School, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, Drewicz Elementary School, Connery Elementary School, Lynn Classical High School, Breed Middle School, Callahan Elementary School and Lincoln-Thomson Elementary School.
Manning Field, the Johnson Street lot, and the Lynn Public Schools Administration Building will be used for parking for the first time. KIPP Academy, Barry Park, Great Woods Road, Pennybrook Road and the dog park are also available for free.

Residents can pay to park at the Wyoma Square City Lot and the MBTA garage.

In Lynnfield, a declared snow emergency parking ban will be in effect on all roads until the snow emergency is lifted. Vehicles cannot be parked in a way that interferes with snow removal by the Department of Public Works. Violators will be ticketed and may be towed at the expense of the owner.

Residents can call the Department of Public Works snow hotline at 781-334-9506, or refer to the town of Lynnfield’s web page.

An emergency parking ban goes into effect in Peabody at 5 p.m. Saturday. All vehicles need to be removed from public ways at that time. Violators are subject to being ticketed or towed.

Nahant’s Winter Parking Policy states all vehicles must be parked off the street during the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. from Dec. 21 to March 20. If a resident does not have adequate off-street parking, they can pick up a parking waiver application at the Nahant Police Station.

All vehicles, with or without a parking waiver, must be off the street when it snows or when a snow emergency has been declared due to forecasted snowfall.

Any vehicle left on the street during a snowstorm, whether a declared snow emergency or not, will be subject to a $50 fine for impeding snow removal. The registered owner will also be subject to a towing charge when the vehicle is removed from the street. Violations, such as impeding snow removal, will result in a review and possible revocation of the parking waiver.

Once the blue emergency lights are turned on in Swampscott, on-street parking is banned across town. Parking is not allowed in any of the school lots and the town does not have any municipal lots available for use. Residents are expected to park in their driveways. Once the parking ban is in effect, residents will be ticketed $35 and towed if they are parked on the street.

If a snow emergency is declared in Saugus, parking will be restricted on all roads.

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