1/18/2019 : Snow Emergency Parking Ban

News Release

For Immediate Release

January 18, 2019

The Director of Public Service for The City of Kent has announced that a snow emergency parking ban will be placed into effect beginning at 8:00 a.m. Saturday January 19, 2019.

This announcement is intended to provide the public sufficient time to remove vehicles from City Streets, ahead of the forecasted storm event. During a snow emergency, parking on all City streets is banned to provide for snow and ice removal. Vehicles that remain parked on City streets may be ticketed or towed. A snow emergency exists during any 24 hour period when two or more inches of snow has accumulated.

With this ban we wish to remind residents and businesses to continue to clear public sidewalks of snow and ice abutting their properties and to be cautious should they need to be out during the forecasted storm event.

Should you need to travel during this storm event, please remember to fill your car to provide adequate fuel for your travels as it may take longer than expected to get from one place to another due to the weather.

Remember to throw additional hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, socks and bottled water in your car should you have an emergency where you are stuck in the snow and need to wait for assistance.

Please give the snow plow drivers and their trucks room on the road. They are large vehicles carrying large amounts of salt and a heavy plow making stopping and maneuvering in quick motions difficult. If you cannot see a side mirror on a truck they cannot see you. Stay back at least 50 feet to allow for the salt that is dropping to properly disperse.

As well, please keep yourself, children and pets away from the edge of the road when a snow plow is approaching. The snow coming off of the plow can be heavy and wet causing injury to those in its path.

Please be aware and give clearance to our police and fire vehicles. They will be doing their best to keep you safe, so assisting with cleared walks, and drives will help them arrive safely to your need. When on the road please slow down as you approach any accident and stay clear of all vehicles, and as always move to the right on the road should you have an approaching emergency vehicle with lights.

Finally the temperatures will be dropping into the teens and single digits this weekend, so remember your pets when they go out and please secure their safety in a covered and enclosed area.

So on behalf of the Mayor, Council, the City Manager, and all City Staff we wish you and your family a safe and happy weekend.

Melanie A. Baker
Director of Public Service