PITTSFIELD -- A snow emergency will be effect in Pittsfield beginning at 11 p.m. tonight through 7 a.m. Thursday, according to Pittsfield Commissioner of Public Works and Utilities Bruce Collingwood.

No vehicles will be allowed to be left unattended on any street required to be plowed except North Street, where parking will be allowed between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the emergency.

All vehicles will be banned from parking or standing unattended on any open municipal parking lot between midnight and 7 a.m. Vehicles found to be in violation of the ordinance will be towed, Collingwood said in a prepared statement.

During the snow emergency, individuals without access to off-street parking are being directed to park their cars in the three-hour public parking areas of the McKay Center and Columbus Avenue parking garages without penalty.

City residents are further advised to clear sidewalks which border their properties, within 24 hours of the storm's end. Residents are also encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their houses. It is a violation of city code to plow or dispose of snow onto city streets and sidewalks, Collingwood said.

The snow is expected to begin around midnight Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The fast-moving storm could bring a foot of snow or more, according to weather forecasters. Residents in the higher elevations of the county are expected to see the most snow. The storm should last all day on Wednesday and will begin to subside around nightfall.

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