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Salem parking ban in effect for Sunday night snow storm

SALEM — City residents need to move their vehicles off of Salem streets in preparation for the upcoming winter storm, with the snow emergency parking ban starting at 5 p.m. Sunday and continuing through 5 p.m. Monday.

“We’re all ready to go. The trucks are loaded,” city Service/Safety Director Joe Cappuzzello said Friday.

Anytime there’s a forecast of 4 inches or more of snow, the parking ban takes effect. That means all vehicles must be moved from the streets or risk getting towed.

With the streets clear of vehicles, that makes the job of plowing snow and clearing ice easier on the street department.

This year Cappuzzello said the street crew is going to use almost all salt on the roads and less grit, which will be cleaner for downtown and leave less mess.

“We’re going to use very little grit this year,” he said.

During extreme cold conditions, the grit will be mixed in with the salt to help give better traction since salt doesn’t work as well when the temps drop below a certain temperature.

Whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at the crew, he said they’re loaded up and ready. The forecast keeps changing as the time draws near, but most models are predicting large amounts of snow to drop starting Sunday night and continuing early Monday morning, which means travel could be treacherous.

On WKBN, weatherman Paul Wetzl was throwing out possible snow totals of 7 to 10 inches and 10 to 12 inches depending on location. The low end total was 3 to 6 inches, but he said the more likely amount was that 7- to 10-inch range.

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