SALEM - With a new winter storm warning issued for the area beginning at 7 a.m today the citywide parking ban has been extended until 5 p.m. Friday.
No vehicles should be parked on any city street during this time.
The ban was in effect until Sunday but it was extended until 6 p.m. today.
Salem students Jake Secrest, 16 and Nick Balsley, 17, armed with shovels for digging, make their way down Franklin Avenue Saturday. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
A little after 3 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh issued a winter storm warning for Columbiana County with the warning running from 7 a.m Tuesday until 7 p.m. Wednesday and calling for five to nine more inches of snow.
A storm warning means heavy severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring and significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous and impact snow clearing and power restoration efforts.
The NWS advises that people should only travel in an emergency.
"If you must travel," the NWS said, "keep an extra flashlight... food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency."
Police Chief Bob Floor said officers have been contacting, and making attempts to contact, owners of vehicles parked on the streets.
"We tried Saturday to tell people to get off and issued some warnings," he said, adding that they have issued some citations and expect that tow trucks may be called where parked vehicles can't get out and present a hazard.
In past snow bans, on streets that have been plowed to the curb and traffic can proceed normally, vehicles have been allowed to park, but Floor asked residents to use "common sense" regarding hazards.
"We try as hard as we can not to tow and to locate the owners and get the vehicles moved," Floor said.
"This is the first parking ban that's been a problem since I've been chief," he said.
Road salt should not be a problem according to the city. The street department had a couple of break downs. All but one vehicle is currently operational.
The fire department requested assistance in digging out fire hydrants that were buried in Friday's snow. People unable to assist are asked to call the Salem Fire Department at 330-337-3053 and personnel will be sent to dig it out.
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