Itâ€™s officially parking ban season.
Southington police announced today that a parking ban will go into effect at 5:30 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. Friday as the first big storm of the season is about to hit.
Most area towns and cities will call an emergency parking ban when several inches of snow are predicted. But many also have standing bans from late autumn until spring.
New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart is the only city official who can call for an emergency parking ban during a storm. An emergency ban requires drivers to park their cars off the streets in driveways and parking lots or risk getting ticketed and towed. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Stewart had not called for an emergency parking ban as the storm moved into Central Connecticut.
From Dec. 1 to April 15 of each year New Britain also has a â€śsnow emergency routeâ€ť parking ban in effect. Drivers can not park on city streets designated with signs as emergency snow routes from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. whether or not a storm is predicted.
The town of Berlin has an automatic winter parking ban that goes into effect when four or more inches of snow is predicted.
Newington has a seasonal parking ban barring drivers from parking longer than 30 minutes on town streets from the hours of 2 to 6 a.m. The ban started on Nov. 1 and will run until spring. The town can also issue an emergency parking ban if a large storm is predicted.
Southington also has a seasonal parking ban that runs from Nov. 15 to April 15 barring motorists from parking for more than one hour on town streets from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. The police chief can call for an emergency parking ban if a large storm is coming or an emergency occurs.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.