Hartford police reported strong compliance with its parking ban and several school parking lots, like Bulkeley High School and Hartford Public High School, were packed Monday morning.
The ban went into effect at 8 p.m. on Sunday and expired at 10 a.m., but Hartford schools are closed on Monday. Any cars parked in the school lots need to be moved by 10 a.m. so that crews can clear them for school to reopen Tuesday.
Eleven vehicles were towed overnight, according to Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley. By comparison, 500 cars in the capital city were towed the day after Super Bowl Sunday about a month ago.
People who left their cars parked in the street face about $200 in fines and fees if their cars are towed during a parking ban.
Dion Smith, of Hartford, was out clearing off his car on Monday, something that has seemingly become a Monday morning routine for many Connecticut residents. He said that he "can't wait for this to be over."
"It's a little faster with the glove," Smith said about clearing off his car. "So, I just got to push it off with my hand real fast."
Each time a parking ban is in effect, residents without an off-street alternative use the local school parking lots, giving the city's plow drivers space to clear the streets. Smith said he's had to park his car in a school parking lot at least five times this winter.
"It's a good 20- to 25-minute walk," he said.
Soloman Maple, of Hartford, also said that after spending a lot of time clearing snow off his car, he's "ready for this to end."
"I'm just ready for some sunshine," Maple said.
Both Maple and Willie Mann, of Hartford, also noted the ice they had to scrape off their windshields beneath the snow.
The snow ended soon enough Monday morning to give crews extra time to plow before you hit the roads, but you may want to leave a little extra time if you parked outside overnight to clear off your car before you head out.
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