City of Salem Updates Snow Emergency Brochure & Creates Downtown Snow Emergency District

Salem Snowy Samantha Statue WatermarkedSALEM – With winter upon us, the City of Salem has updated it Snow Emergency Brochure. The brochure contains important information to help you through the winter months. Outlined in the brochure is how the city notifies its businesses and residents when a snow emergency will be declared and cancelled, information regarding snow plowing operations, alternative designated parking areas during snow emergencies, and residents’ responsibilities regarding snow removal. The City of Salem’s 2016 Snow Brochure can be found here.


Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for automated phone messages and emails generated by the City’s CodeRED system and also for City Alerts and City News and Announcements generated from the website to promptly receive snow emergency information throughout the winter months. The City recommends you register for both Code Red Messages and City E-Mail Alerts at


New this year is the creation of a Downtown Snow Emergency District.


“The City realizes that businesses and restaurants continue to operate during snow fall,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll, “This district will allow patrons to park on these designated downtown streets for a longer period of time.”


When the City declares a snow emergency for its main arteries and neighborhoods, it will not go into effect in the newly created Downtown Snow Emergency District until midnight (12AM). For example, if a snow emergency is declared to become effective at 8PM on any given day, it will not go into effect until midnight that evening in the downtown area defined below. However, starting at midnight (12:00 a.m.) on the night the snow emergency is declared, it shall be unlawful for any vehicle to be parked on streets in this district. Any vehicles parked on streets in this district after midnight will be ticketed and towed. The streets included in this district are as follows:


Streets in Downtown Snow Emergency District include: Washington Street; Federal Street (from North Street to St. Peter Street); Essex Street (from North Street to Hawthorne Boulevard); Lynde Street; Norman Street; Church Street; Central Street (Essex Street to Derby Street); New Derby Street; Derby Street (Lafayette Street to Orange Street); and Hawthorne Boulevard.


The Downtown Snow Emergency District will be in effect unless otherwise noted due to too severe or extreme snowfall. Please be aware that snow plowing will still take place in this district during the entire snow event.


Residents who park in a snow emergency parking lot during a snow emergency must remove their vehicles at the conclusion of the snow emergency or they will be towed at the owner’s expense. It is especially important to remove vehicles parked in public school lots at the end of the snow emergency.


Those without internet access may contact the Department of Public Services at (978) 744-3302 and a Snow Emergency brochure will be mailed to them.

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