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Pittsfield has issued a snow emergency, with 3 to 4 inches expected to fall from Tuesday afternoon into early Wednesday.

PITTSFIELD — With several inches of snow expected across the Berkshires, the city of Pittsfield has issued a snow emergency starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The emergency declaration restricts parking and will be in effect until 7 a.m. Thursday.

Cold temperatures and afternoon snowfall could make the evening commute Tuesday dangerous, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a countywide weather advisory starting midday Tuesday.

The weather service has forecast 3 to 4 inches of snowfall in Berkshire County, concentrated mostly in the afternoon and early evening Tuesday, as well as the morning hours Wednesday.

During the city’s 48-hour snow emergency, Pittsfield has asked residents to use off-street parking, if possible. For street parking, alternate-side regulations will be in effect.

From 7 a.m. Tuesday through 7 a.m. Wednesday, vehicles can be parked on the even side of the street. For the subsequent 24 hours, until 7 a.m. Thursday, they should be parked on the odd side of the street.

The city reminds residents to keep fire hydrants and sidewalks shoveled and accessible in case of emergencies.

Francesca Paris can be reached at fparis@berkshireeagle.com and 510-207-2535.