As the Berkshires and the rest of western Massachusetts prepare for a possible 5-8 inches of snow heading our way tonight into tomorrow, local municipalities are preparing as well.

The city of Pittsfield, the largest municipality in the Berkshires, announced its plans for a snow emergency on Friday.
Please be advised that due to the impending winter weather event, a snow emergency has been declared for the purposes of parking restrictions in the city of Pittsfield effective 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27 through 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 1.
For the duration of the snow emergency, residents are asked to use off-street parking.
If off-street parking is not available, residents may park on the street observing the following alternate side parking regulations:
• Between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday: parking is allowed on the odd side of the street;
• Between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday: parking is allowed on the even side of the street; and
• Residents in and around downtown Pittsfield are encouraged to use the McKay Street parking garage which will be open to the public free of charge starting tonight and continuing through the duration of the emergency.
All other existing and signed parking regulations remain active. Non-permitted vehicles are prohibited from parking or standing in any open municipal parking lot between the hours of 12 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Vehicles found in violation of the above parking regulations may be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.
City residents are further advised that sidewalks and ramps abutting their property must be cleared of snow within 24 hours of the storm’s end. As a reminder, it is a violation of city ordinance to plow or otherwise dispose of snow from their property onto city streets and sidewalks. Residents are also encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their properties.

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