Western Massachusetts woke up to fresh snow-cover Monday morning, and some people started clearing their snow very early in the morning. But how early is too early?
Cities and towns want your sidewalks cleared within 24 hours after a storm but start too soon and you could still be facing a fine.
An overnight storm meant some homeowners got a very early start to clearing the snow Monday morning.
“Probably around like 5:30am, 6:00am in the neighborhood. I mean people usually go to work early so. I think we’re guilty of it, my husband was out there around 6:00. No one wants to be that neighbor who doesn’t clear their driveway,” said Crystal Yiadom of West Springfield.
But how early is too early? The state’s noise ordinance prohibits the use of domestic equipment between 9:00 at night and 7:00 in the morning. However, cities and towns can impose their own anti-noise ordinance.
In Chicopee, creating noise above 50 decibels is prohibited between 11:00pm and 7:00am.
Springfield seems to allow the earliest start. You can fire up your snow blower in Springfield at 5:00am and not stop until midnight on the day of a storm or snow emergency. However, start before 5:00am and you could face a $100 dollar fine.
It wasn’t just snow blowers interrupting people’s sleep Monday morning. Alyssa Lelievre of Chicopee said she was woken up by something else, “I wasn’t really woken up by any snow blowers this morning, but I was woken up by the plows though. I have no idea, but it was early enough.”
Many plow companies have to operate all night in order to keep up during a storm and have the roads ready for the morning commute.
If your town doesn’t have a specified noise ordinance, then the state’s quiet hours between 7:00am and 9:00pm apply.