Lowell parking ban scheduled with winter weather on its way

LOWELL — With a winter storm in the forecast, the Lowell Police Department declared a snow-emergency parking ban effective throughout the city starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The forecast includes rain changing to heavy wet snow, with accumulations possibly reaching 4 to 8 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm, expected to impact portions of eastern, northeastern and western Massachusetts, will take place from Saturday morning and into Sunday morning.

Barry Golner, deputy superintendent of the Lowell Police, said in a press release there should be no parking on any city street from 4 p.m. Saturday until the ban is lifted. Vehicles parked in violation will be towed at the owner’s expense and owners will receive a parking ticket.

Free parking is available for city residents who do not have access to off-street parking. The free parking during the ban in Lowell will be available at:

  • George Ayotte Parking Facility, 1 Post Office Square
  • Lower Locks Garage, 90 Warren St.

Once the parking ban is lifted, city residents who used free parking have two hours to remove their vehicles without incurring expenses. Police said vehicles not removed within two hours will be assessed a fee from that time until the vehicle is removed.

In addition to snow, Greater Lowell could be hit with wind gusts as high as 45 mph during the storm, according to the NWS website. Scatterred power outages and some downed trees are possible due to the winds and heavy wet snow.

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