Winter Storm Information and Property Owner Responsibilities


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Snow is upon us.  During substantial winter storms, the City may declare a Snow Emergency and a Parking Ban will go into effect at a specific time.  During a Snow Emergency, parking is prohibited on streets signed No Parking during Snow Emergency and vehicles will be towed.  A list and map of these particular streets is available at The website also offers information on parking garages that provide free parking during a declared snow emergency. 
Please note that Street cleaning has been cancelled for the remainder of 2013.

Snow Emergencies
When a snow emergency is declared, information is available via phone at 617-349-4700, and is posted online as soon as possible at and on 22-CityView.   Visit the Cambridge Alert Network at  to sign up to receive snow emergency alerts via phone call, text message or Email.  Please note that the registration may take up to 48 hours to process.  For school closings, call 617-349-6513.


Plowing Operations
The Department of Public Works will clear streets as soon as possible after a snow storm, starting with major arteries.  Please don’t take it personally if we plow snow back into your driveway, but as we work to make streets passable, it is often unavoidable. Your patience and participation help the City return streets and sidewalks to safe, passable conditions as quickly as possible. 

Ice and Snow-Free Sidewalks are Everyone’s Responsibility.
  Please Help Keep Sidewalks Clear
City Ordinance requires property owners to remove snow from sidewalks next to their property or business within 12 hours of daytime snowfall and before 1 p.m. when it has fallen overnight. They must also remove or melt all ice within 6 hours of the time it forms.  There is a $50 fine for each day of non-compliance.  If you are away, it is still your responsibility to ensure that someone clears sidewalks next to your property.  Remember to: 

• Shovel your sidewalk on all sides of your property, down to bare pavement
• Make path at least 3 feet wide
• Clear ramps at corners and crosswalks
Clear snow to curb so that collection crews can access trash barrels and recycling toters, and they are not behind snow banks
• Chop or melt all ice
• Keep catch basins/street drains clear of snow
• Consider helping neighbors who may have difficulty clearing their walk.

Objects such as trash/recycling barrels, furniture items or any other item cannot be used to save parking spots on public streets. These items will be taken by DPW crews and recycled or disposed of.

Disabled or elderly persons who qualify as low-income residents may be eligible for an exemption. Call the Cambridge Council on Aging, 617-349-6220 (voice) or 617-349-6050 (TTY) to learn more.

For more information, or to report an unshoveled or icy sidewalk, call 617-349-4903; use Cambridge iReport app on your smartphone or visit

Hubway Piloting Winter Program in Cambridge
Hubway, the metro-Boston area’s public bike share system, will continue to be available to riders throughout winter at almost all Cambridge-based stations as part of a pilot project. During extreme inclement weather conditions, Hubway may temporarily close the system and public announcements will be made via social media and the Hubway website. Station alerts will also be emailed to annual and monthly Hubway members, and all riders can consult the Spotcycle app to learn whether or not bicycles are available. In the event of a system closing, riders will be able to return bikes to all stations securely, but will not be able to check bikes out.

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Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Richard C. Rossi
City Manager

Lisa C. Peterson
Deputy City Manager