How do I know if there is a ban in effect for on-street parking?

When the blue lights on the traffic signals in downtown Northampton or Florence are flashing, a winter parking ban is in effect, there is no on-street parking throughout Northampton from 12:01 a.m. - 6 a.m. (2 a.m. - 7 a.m. for Main Street). When a Snow Emergency is called, a city-wide parking ban goes into effect: overnight parking is prohibited on any street from 12:01 a.m. - 6 a.m., except downtown on Main Street where the prohibition is from 2 a.m. - 7 a.m. Snow Emergencies remain in effect until canceled and are often enforced for more than one night. The Winter Information Line is updated and alert emails are sent when the Snow Emergency is canceled. Overnight parking is available in the John E. Gare garage at all hours on a space-available basis. There is a fee for overnight parking in the garage. Free overnight parking is available in the city parking lot on Armory Street (near the Parking Garage) from 8 p.m. - 8 a.m. If you park on a city street or in a city parking lot (except the Armory Street lot) your vehicle will be subject to ticketing and towing. This is a public safety issue. Parking bans can extend a few days, stay informed by calling the snow information line at 413-586-6969 or by signing up with Reverse-911 to receive email, text, or telephone updates.

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1. What do the flashing blue lights at intersections mean?
2. How do I know if there is a ban in effect for on-street parking?
3. How do I know if a parking ban has been lifted?
4. My street was plowed, why is there still a parking ban?
5. Where can I park during a snow emergency?
6. My vehicle was towed now what do I do?
7. My mailbox was hit by a city snowplow, what do I do?
8. Does the city provide sand to residents?
9. Can I push snow into the street for removal?
10. Do I have to shovel out my fire hydrant?
11. When do I have to shovel my sidewalk?