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City of Buffalo reinstates alternate parking rules following holiday snow storm

Vehicles parked on Buffalo streets with 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. parking restrictions must be moved to the legal side by 9 a.m. Monday.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Lake effect snow has moved out of the area, but cleanup continues in the City of Buffalo as crews continue to remove snow throughout the city.

Snow accumulations in Buffalo ranged between 7 inches to more than a foot by 5 p.m., according to city officials.

"The city has had at least 30 pieces of equipment and plow drivers out throughout the entirety of the day today [Saturday], fighting that snow," said Michael Finn, the Public Works Commissioner for the City of Buffalo.

Finn told reporters the crews concentrated on main and secondary roads. But due to the heavy snowfall and drifting snow, they had to repeatedly go over areas they had previously done. 

"We'll continue the mains and secondaries through the evening and into the overnight to get those in good shape, and then focusing starting tomorrow [Sunday] morning back in residential streets within the city," Finn said.

According to the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, crews began plowing side streets around 3 a.m. Sunday. 

The storm also got in the way of Friday's garbage route, which was bumped to Saturday due to the holiday. DPW officials say that sanitation and recycling pick-up will resume Sunday morning.

"We've not been able to complete that because of the weather and anyone who didn't get their totes picked up should leave them out. We will be continuing that tomorrow and potentially Monday if we need to," Finn said. 

The city added that the collection will continue until all routes are complete.

Additionally, starting Monday the city will be activating its 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. parking regulations that have been suspended throughout the pandemic. The city says vehicles parked on those streets must be moved to the legal side by 9 a.m. Monday.

"We're gonna need the cooperation of our residents following that parking regulation so that crews can get down the residential side streets and get the clearance out to the curbs," Finn said. 

City officials have been spreading the word about the parking regulation changes on a few different platforms, but they're also urging people to sign up for updates.

You can sign up for text notifications by texting, "JOIN PARKINGUPDATES" to 30890.  

A travel advisory in Erie County that started Saturday morning was ended by County Executive Mark Poloncarz around 6:30 p.m., via Twitter on Saturday.