Schools reopened today across the North Shore as crews continued to clear massive snow piles clogging intersections and parking lots.
The blizzard, which dumped 2 feet of snow on the North Shore, provided Danvers and Peabody the first real test of new snow emergency systems meant to warn residents about getting their cars off streets as a winter storm approaches. The communities had previously used winter-long parking bans.
Residents in both communities passed with flying colors.
“We didn’t have one single call and we didn’t have one bit of interference on the streets,” said Danvers Department of Public Works Director of Operations Robert Lee when asked if there were any violators of trial parking rules which ban on-street parking during a snow emergency from 1 to 6 a.m.
Both communities’ parking bans remained in effect as of press time last night.
Salem lifted its on-street parking ban at 4 p.m. yesterday, but in an email from the city, the parking ban was modified to a “common sense” one to keep streets passable for emergency vehicles.
“Any vehicles parked on a street that limits or impedes travel by emergency vehicles or others will be ticketed and towed,” read the email. “We are asking residents to use common sense when it comes to parking on street as many narrow roads and others with high snow piles may not allow for safe parking.”
Salem’s downtown lots were kept open at no charge, and residents were also encouraged to use city garages, with the rate capped at $5, the same rate during a regular snow emergency. School lots may also be used from 3 p.m. to 7 a.m. Snow cleanup and removal efforts in Salem were expected to last several days.
Salem police Lt. James Walker said there were no towing issues with the snow ban in the city. Peabody police recorded less than a handful of tows.