Salem Snow Emergency Begins at 1 p.m.

The city of Salem has announced that a Snow Emergency will take effect Thursday at 1 p.m.

Salem Patch file photo.
Salem Patch file photo.

The city of Salem has declared that a snow emergency will take effect at 1 p.m. Thursday. The emergency will remain in effect until further notice.

During the snow emergency a parking ban is in effect, and vehicles must be totally removed from city streets and sidewalks or your vehicle will be ticketed and towed.

Also, please note that vehicles must be removed from public and private parking lots, particularly at schools, immediately following the cancellation of the snow emergency (weekends included).

Don't forget the city has implemented a new snow emergency parking policy for city garages.

It is the policy of the DPS that snow removal will not take place in alternative parking areas, particularly at parks, until snow operations on city streets are completed. (Please plan your vehicular needs accordingly.)

SNOW EMERGENCY CANCELLATION INFORMATIONPlease consult the City of Salem's website www.salem.com, or call the non-emergency snow information line at the police station at 978-744-0171 ext. 166 for information when the snow emergency parking ban will end.

For more information regarding Snow Emergency procedures pleaseCLICK HERE for a copy of the City of Salem Snow Brochure.


The removal of the snow and ice from sidewalks is greatly appreciated. This will help school children, the elderly, and the general public from having to walk in the street. The City of Salem clears designated sidewalks following each storm. It takes time to accomplish this task and it is only done after all the roads have been cleared.

There are city ordinances requiring property owners to remove snow and ice from their bordering sidewalks within six hours after the snow ceases to fall or the city's snow emergency lights are turned off, whichever time is later. ~If the snow ceases to fall and the snow emergency lights are turned off in the nighttime, the snow shall be removed before 12:00 noon. If he/she neglects to do so, he/she shall be fined $25 for 1st offense, $75 for 2nd offense and $100 for 3rd and subsequent offenses.


While the Department of Public Services tries to minimize the amount of snow that gets plowed across driveways and exits, it is unavoidable. Clearing driveway openings is the responsibility of the property owner.Plow blades cannot be lifted as they pass by a driveway.Unfortunately, snow will be plowed into driveways as we perform curb-to-curb plowing.You may wish to clear your driveway several times during the storm or wait until the storm and plowing activities have ended.~Snowplowing, shoveling, or throwing snow back onto the street when clearing driveways and sidewalks is prohibited by City Ordinance and violators can be fined $75 for 1st offense, $150 for 2nd offense and $200 for 3rd and subsequent offenses.
bobsky78 February 12, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Why 8:00am? Lots of people out there working retail that don't leave for work until 9:00-9:30. So why not start at 10:00. We shouldn't need plows out before noon time anyway.
Merry Christmas February 12, 2014 at 04:59 PM
please do not put your snow in the street you people living in culd de sacs with snowblowers not naming names but some in this city think there immune because they know people who work for city eh hem.
Denise Theriault-Ashlaw February 12, 2014 at 05:16 PM
So can only assume school is called off sense emergency parking is in the school lots?
michael beaulieu February 12, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Thursday at 8.00 a.m. Why are the blue lights on now?
SouthSalemCruiser February 13, 2014 at 08:01 AM
So we can fine the city $100.00 for not clearing their sidewalks, correct? That stretch on Lafayette going into Marblehead must be worth at least $500.00. Nice double standard Salem.
Bittercup February 13, 2014 at 08:16 AM
Seriously folks... Don't toss your snow in the street. It's illegal and hazardous.
Rebekah Murphy February 13, 2014 at 08:22 AM
I just got a text from the city that the start of the parking ban has been moved up to 1PM.
Drew Mann February 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Southsalemcruiser is right on. Those residences are famous for not shoveling off their sidewalks. If they can afford to live on the ocean, maybe they could afford someone to shovel it for them.


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