Yes, folks. It’s winter in New England and we’ll likely get a bunch of snow Friday and into Saturday, as we warned yesterday. The city of Hartford has begun its preparations and we will share that information as we get it.
First off: There will be a parking ban on city streets starting at 7 a.m. Friday. Anyone who has ever gotten a car towed off their street in Hartford knows that getting it back is expensive. Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra made this clear in a press statement: “Any vehicle parked on the street is subject to tag and tow. A $108 fine plus a $99 ticket fee will be strictly enforced.”
UPDATE: Maribel La Luz, the mayor’s spokeswoman, now says the fine is $98 plus the $99 ticket fee. Parking at the Morgan Street garage in downtown is free for city residents during the ban.
Segarra also announced that city parks will close at dusk today and will stay closed during the storm “until all safety checks are cleared.”
City officials will monitor the storm in the city’s Emergency Operations Center beginning at 9 a.m. that day in the new public safety complex on High Street. The city’s transfer station will also be closed Friday and Saturday, and all public works employees will be on standby throughout the weekend, Segarra said.
But will schools close? I asked the district’s spokesman, David Medina, and he said that’s the question on everyone’s mind. School administrators will meet later today to decide on any school closings for Friday, he told me. Superintendent Christina Kishimoto ultimately makes the decision.
UPDATE: Hartford public schools are closed Friday, Medina said this evening.