New Bedford snow preparations

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:

  • Victory Park – Brock Avenue
  • Hazelwood Park – Brock Avenue
  • Roosevelt Middle School – Brock Avenue and Dennis Street
  • Cove Street Parking Lot – Cove Street and Morton Court
  • Orchard Street at Camara Soccer Field
  • Congdon School – Thompson and Hemlock Street
  • Buttonwood Park Parking Area – Hawthorn Street Side and Lake Street Side
  • Former St. Mary's Home – Entrance on Mill Street
  • Coggeshall Street Parking Lot – Coggeshall Street and Acushnet Avenue
  • Sawyer Street Parking Lot – Between Sawyer Street and Beetle Street
  • Brooklawn Park Parking Area – Brooklawn Street (South Side)
  • Normandin Middle School – Tarkiln Hill Road
  • Jireh Swift School – Tarkiln Hill Road
  • Campbell School – Phillips Road
  • Riverside Park Lot – Coffin Avenue
  • Coffin Avenue Lot- Across from Taber Mills Apartments
  • Alma del Mar Charter School (former Ottiwell School) – 26 Madeira Avenue
  • Former AVX site on Bellville Avenue at Hadley Street
  • Philips Avenue School – 249 Phillips Avenue
  • DeValles School – 120 Katherine Street
  • Parker School – 705 County Street
  • Elm Street Garage
  • Zeiterion Garage – 688 Purchase Street

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 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:

  • Department of Public Infrastructure – 1105 Shawmut Avenue
  • New Bedford City Yard – Corner of Smith St. and Liberty Street
  • Brooklawn Park – Irvington Street Side
  • Hazelwood Park – Brock Avenue Side
  • Riverside Park—Coffin Avenue
  • Common Park— Pleasant Street
  • Buttonwood Park Senior Center–Oneida Street
  • Hurricane Barrier Street Gates – E. Rodney French Boulevard & W. Rodney French Boulevard
  • Frederick Street Boat Ramp
  • Cove Road and Abbot Street
  • Camara Soccer Field- Orchard Street
  • Central Police Station—Rockdale Avenue
  • Rural Cemetery—Dartmouth Street
  • Winslow School—Allen Street
  • 181 Hillman Street Parking Lot
  • Former Morse Cutting Tools Site—Wing Street
  • Hathaway School— Union Street
  • Hayden McFadden School Under 195
  • Tabor Mills Parking Lot—Coffin Avenue
  • Phillips Avenue School—Ashley Boulevard
  • Parking Lot at Rt 18 and Cove Rd. at Morton Court
  • Pine Grove Cemetery — Acushnet Avenue entrance
  • Pine Hill Park– Phillips Rd.
  • Fire Station #5- Acushnet Ave

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 (, and to take proactive steps to prepare for the major

winter storm.

Important Emergency Contact Numbers

  • To report a downed power line, medical, fire or other emergencies please dial 911.
  • NSTAR is prepared to address and damage and outages resulting from the storm and

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.

  • To report snow removal issues on city streets, residents may contact the Department of Public Infrastructure at (508) 991-6150
  • New Bedford Police Department may also be reached on its Non-emergency line at (508) 991-6350
  • Please visit the City's website at for more information and

updates from the City of New Bedford regarding the snowstorm.