Sarno urges residents to prepare for storm and have patience

Urges residents to keep 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 lines clear for emergencies only

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Schools will be closed, trash pickup will be postponed, and parking bans are going into effect in Springfield. With more than a foot of snow expected for western Massachusetts over the next two days, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is asking city residents to have all of their errands and business done by the mid afternoon.

Speaking during a news conference late Monday afternoon at the Sullivan Public Safety Complex, the mayor urged residents to check on their elderly neighbors, and to keep the city’s 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 lines clear for emergencies only.

Department of Public Works Director Chris Cignoli said that it will take DPW crews about 24 hours after the snow stops to get the city clean. He said some streets will be cleared almost immediately, while others will take much longer.

The city has also suspended trash pickup for Tuesday, those who normally have trash picked up at that time will have it picked up on Saturday. A parking ban is going into effect until further notice, and Cignoli warned that violators will be towed. Click here for an explanation of Springfield’s ban, and a complete list of area parking bans.

Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick said that all schools will be closed Tuesday, and all athletic events will be cancelled.

Governor Charlie Baker is also expected to hold a media briefing at noon from the headquarters of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in Framingham.

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