Snow hits western Massachusetts for third time in eight days

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Drivers had to deal with snow for the second time this week. 

Western Massachusetts saw its third snowfall in eight days Wednesday night. People said they go through the same pattern every time, picking up food and pulling in their cars. 

“Depending on if there’s a parking ban, usually you know if it’s really bad we’ll pull our cars into the driveway and make sure there’s enough room for the plow,” said Marcus Walker of West Springfield. “Definitely, you gotta take your time, and make sure you have enough time to get where you gotta go.” 

Parking bans were in effect in Longmeadow, Chicopee and Easthampton and Ludlow Wednesday night,  but not in West Springfield.  

Mayor Will Reichelt said with a lot of multi-family units in the city, and limited parking space bans put a lot of people at risk for paying hundreds of dollars to retrieve their towed cars. The mayor said the city considers what it will take to treat the roads when weighing a potential parking ban. 

“We do a parking ban because we want to make sure the snow is removed, and we can get emergency vehicles down afterward,” Mayor Reichelt told 22News. “But if it’s not going to be a lot and all we are going to do is salt or light plow, it’s not a big deal we’re not going to do a parking ban. We don’t want to inconvenience everyone. It’s that delicate balance.” 

The mayor said in the winter time, several streets on the west side already limit parking to one side of the road. 

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