NORMAL — The Town of Normal and City of Bloomington are issuing snow parking bans ahead of the winter storm expected to arrive around 9 p.m. Friday.
In both communities, the bans will take effect at 5 p.m. Friday.
In Normal, the ban will remain in effect until 3 p.m. Sunday. Police officers may ticket vehicles parked on the street.
When a parking ban is activated, no parked vehicles are permitted on any streets in the town. Vehicles must be moved to a driveway, garage or parking lot. Residents who do not have a driveway or garage can park their cars for free in the parking lots at the town's parks, including but not limited to: Anderson, Fairview, and Underwood.
In Bloomington, a snow route parking ban also will start at 5 p.m.
The public works departments notes that even if your street is not designated as a snow route, all residents are encouraged to park off the street.
Residents can obtain updated information on snow operations progress, a listing and map of all designated snow routes in the city, and the complete snow removal program at: http://www.cityblm.org/snow.
In both communities, a snow parking ban is activated to allow snow plow crews to safely clear streets, including parking areas. For your safety, when approaching operating salt vehicles, stay at least 100 feet behind the equipment. It also is inadvisable to pass salt or plow trucks.