The City of Pittsfield has declared a snow emergency effective as of 7am today through 7am on Thursday. City officials say that during this time, residents are asked to use off-street parking. If you are unable to park off-street, you should follow the alternate side parking regulations.

The City’s Alternate Side Regulations are as follows: Between 7 am on Tuesday and 7 am on Wednesday, vehicles may be parked on the even side of the street. Between 7 am on Wednesday and 7 am on Thursday, vehicles may be parked on the odd side of the street. All 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 am and 7 am.

The city also advised residents to keep fire hydrants and sidewalks shoveled and accessible in case of emergencies.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Albany has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that will be in effect from noon today (Tuesday) through 10am on Wednesday.

The weather service says that the region including Western Massachusetts should expect to see snow accumulations of between 3 and 6 inches, with locally higher amounts in the higher elevations.

You should plan on slick road conditions and possible reduced visibility. Forecasters say that hazardous conditions will likely impact the Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning commutes. Snowfall rates may briefly approach around one inch per hour during the afternoon today.

Temperatures will be in the upper 20’s to around 30 or so today and then we’ll see the mid-teens overnight. It’s not expected to be windy, so wind-chill shouldn’t be a factor.

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