New Bedford, Massachusetts – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Southern Bristol County including the City of New Bedford from 4:00 A.M. Thursday until 10:00 A.M. on Friday. A coastal storm will bring the potential for heavy snow along with dangerously low wind chills and near blizzard conditions at times across portions of eastern Massachusetts.
The forecast calls for light snow developing after midnight and continuing at times through Thursday. There may be a lull in the snow during the day Thursday. The worst of the storm is expected to be Thursday night into early Friday with 1 to 2 inch per hour snowfall rates possible. A total of 8-12 inches of snow accumulation is predicted for the Greater New Bedford Area.
Heavy snow and gusty winds will result in low wind chills along with considerable blowing and drifting snow. Near blizzard conditions will be possible for a time Thursday night into early Friday resulting in whiteout conditions. Travel may become impossible.
Citywide Snow Emergency Parking Ban as of 5 P.M. on Thursday
The City of New Bedford has announced a citywide snow emergency parking ban to take effect tomorrow (Thursday, January 2, 2014) as of 5:00 P.M. The parking ban will remain in effect for 48-hours thereafter, unless lifted or further extended by City officials. The parking ban is designed to allow City workers to efficiently remove snow from New Bedford roadways to allow public safety vehicles and residents to travel safely.
While the snow emergency parking ban is in effect, parking is permitted on the side of the street that is opposite the fire hydrants. No vehicle should be parked on the same side of the street as a fire hydrant, except on streets that are regularly posted for parking on one side of the street only. In posted areas, residents are to obey the signs as usual.
The citywide parking ban will be double-sided in both the Acushnet Avenue Business District and the Downtown Business District. Downtown parking is available at no charge in the Elm Street and the Zeiterion Parking Garages.
Violations of this parking regulation will be subject to ticketing at $50 per ticket and towing at full cost to the owner of the vehicle towed. The vehicle owner is also responsible for the full cost of storage for any towed vehicle.
The City of New Bedford has designated the following areas as preferred parking areas for those residents in need of off-street parking while the emergency snow parking ban is in effect:
New Bedford Public Schools Open on Thursday, January 2, 2014
New Bedford Public Schools will be open on Thursday, January 2, 2014. No determination has been made regarding Friday. Please monitor local media and the New Bedford Public Schools website http://www.newbedford.k12.ma.us/ for updates.
Changes to Residential Trash Collection
There will be no residential trash collection on Friday, January 3, 2014. ABC Disposal will conduct trash collection tomorrow, Thursday, January 2, 2014. Therefore, residents whose normal trash collection day is Thursday should put their trash out on Saturday. And, residents who normally receive trash pickup on Friday should place their trash curbside on Sunday.
(Due to the holiday, ABC was already operating on a one-day delay; the current change will put in place a two-day delay.)
Sand Available to City Residents at Various Locations
The Department of Public Infrastructure has made sand available to city residents at additional locations throughout the city. Residents are advised to bring their own small container to collect the sand at any of the following locations:
Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for Residents and Business Owners
Residents and business owners are advised to review the Winter Weather Tips available on the
city webpage (www.newbedford-ma.gov), and to take proactive steps to prepare for the major
Important Emergency Contact Numbers
encourages customers whose electric service is affected to call 1-800-592-2000. NSTAR
strongly urges people to stay away from all down wires and to report them immediately.
updates from the City of New Bedford regarding the snowstorm.