MANCHESTER, NH – All city offices and schools are closed for the day, as New Hampshire hunkers down for a late-season blizzard rolling through, bringing with it the potential for well over a foot of snow.
According to the National Weather Service, the storm is strengthening as it rolls up from the DelmarVa Peninsula toward New England. It’s expected to pass south and east of New England and move into the Canadian Maritimes by early Wednesday, but not before dumping 12-18 inches of snow across the region.
Officials are urging anyone who can avoid driving today to stay home and stay safe.
Due to the potential for heavy wet snow all day, the city’s Public Works Director has already declared a snow emergency, from 10 p.m. March 13, 2018 until 6 a.m. March 14. That means any vehicle parked on the streets will be towed and impounded. Look for the blinking strobe lights placed at various intersections throughout the City or call the Highway Department at 603-624-6444 with any questions.
Although the parking ban does not kick in until 10 p.m., it is advisable to keep cars off the streets whenever possible to allow for plowing throughout the day.
Snow Emergency parking is available at:
• Victory Parking Garage at 25 Vine Street between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Vehicles parking outside these times will be subject to parking fees of $.75 per hour.
• Pearl Street Parking Lot on Orange Street between Elm and Chestnut is also available between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Unauthorized vehicles in the lot outside of these times will be subject to parking tickets.
Vehicles that are impounded will be stored at the City’s Vehicle Impoundment Area, located in Derryfield Park off of Bridge Street. In order to recover an impounded vehicle, the owner will be required to present proof of ownership and make a payment of $110 in cash. This must be done within 24 hours of the time when the vehicle was towed. Vehicles not recovered within 24 hours will be subject to additional towing and storage charges.
Go to www.manchesternh.gov/snow to sign up for automatic e-mail or text notifications of Snow Emergencies.