Several hours before the first snowflakes fell, Springfield area cities and towns invoked their parking bans.
The city of Holyoke activated its system designed to minimize ticketing and towing. Holyoke Police officer Douglas Lambert alerted drivers in their homes that first the tow trucks and then the plowing equipment would soon be at work on their streets.
Officer Lambert told 22News, the early warning is a good system.
“The storm here is pretty good, people are coming out, they see they hear the sirens, they come running out, they know it’s the yellow truck coming after me,” said Lambert.
Holyoke Public Works Director Mike McManus told 22News, this early warning system really works, quickly clearing the streets of parked cars, allowing his DPW crews quick access of clearing away the snow.
Slightly more than 100 cars needed to be towed during the previous storm.