Peabody police say, starting at noon Friday, they will begin ticketing vehicles still parked in the street in violation of the emergency parking ban. The fine is $50.
"Considerations will be made for vehicles parked in front of businesses for short periods of time for as long as possible, but efforts should be made to remove all cars from all roadways before the snow volume increases," says an alert issued shortly before noon.
Local forecasts say 2-4 inches of snow is expected to accumulate during the day, but as heavy snow arrives this evening, Peabody can expect 14-20 inches.
Police say vehicles will be towed as well if they impede the flow or access for emergency vehicles or plowing operations.
The parking ban was declared as of 8 a.m. Friday and will be in place until further notice.