Cambridge Declares Snow Emergency, Parking Ban

Jenna Fisher

CAMBRIDGE, MA— Cambridge has declared a snow emergency and parking ban. The first snow emergency of this season comes as the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning and predicted up to a foot of snow will hit the area by Thursday morning.

A parking ban will go into effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Parking: Any cars parked on streets that are signed “No Parking during a Snow Emergency” will be ticketed and towed until the ban is lifted. Beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday you can park for free at one of several lots listed on the city website: CambridgeMA.GOV/Snow.

Curbside trash and recycling collection is canceled for Thursday, and will be one day behind for the remainder of this week. To help with snow plowing, do not place your bins out on Thursday. But, if the city misses a trash or recycling pick-up because of the weather Friday, the city asks you to leave the barrel out and it will be collected the next day.

Other cancellations Thursday:

  • Cambridge City Hall in-person appointments are cancelled, staff will be working remotely.

  • Cambridge Recycling Center is closed

  • Street cleaning has been cancelled for Thursday and Friday

  • Cambridge Public Libraries contactless holds pick up and materials return will be cancelled on Thursday


  • Cambridge COVID-19 Testing on Thursday will be held during scheduled testing hours.

  • Cambridge Public Schools will continue remote learning.

  • City virtual programming, classes, events and meetings will be conducted as scheduled. Updates will be posted to the City’s website calendar.

Updated information will be available at CambridgeMA.GOV/Snow throughout the storm. and follow the hash tag #CambMASnow on Twitter to help the public follow the conversation.

Other snow info:

  • Park at least 20 feet from the street corner. Parking this far away from the corner improves visibility and safety year-round and ensures compliance with Cambridge Traffic Regulations. In the winter, it also allows plows to push snow away from crosswalks.

  • Ice needs to be removed from sidewalks within six hours from the time it forms, per City Ordinance. Snow needs to be removed within 12 hours after snow stops falling during the day and before 1 p.m. if it snowed during the night, per City Ordinance.

Outages: Please report any power outages directly to Eversource at 800-592-2000.

Sign-up to receive city notification of snow emergency parking bans at: CambridgeMA.GOV/Snow.

This article originally appeared on the Cambridge Patch