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As winter storm hits, Syracuse warns residents to abide by street parking laws

Tom Magnarelli
WRVO News (file photo)
An unshoveled sidewalk on West Genesee St. in Syracuse in January.

Officials in the city of Syracuse said snowplows will be out Wednesday and Wednesday night, keeping roads safe as heavy snow is expected to fall in much of central New York. Six to ten inches of snow is possible in some parts of the Syracuse area by Wednesday night.

Corey Driscoll Dunham, Syracuse’s director of operations, said property owners will need to remember to clear their sidewalks and residents living on streets with alternate side parking must abide by those rules.  

“It provides a more open roadway for the plows to get by," Dunham said. "We’re going to be doing cleanup into Thursday and possibly Friday, depending on how this storm goes. We need people to move their cars so we can clear each side of the street.”

Dunham said police will be out ticketing and towing illegally parked cars if necessary. She said the city has identified priority areas for parking enforcement. She asked residents living in those areas to follow any street parking laws.

"Be mindful, their streets are generally more narrow," Dunham said. "They have more people on the streets, given the number of units on the block. These are the areas that DPW has historically had difficulty accessing. We would really like their cooperation and their help in making sure we can clear this snow safely and quickly." 

Residents are encouraged to report unshoveled sidewalks or streets that need plowing to Syracuse’s Cityline by phone at 315-448-CITY or online.

Tom Magnarelli is a reporter covering the central New York and Syracuse area. He joined WRVO as a freelance reporter in 2012 while a student at Syracuse University and was hired full time in 2015. He has reported extensively on politics, education, arts and culture and other issues around central New York.