Monday’s wet snow led to 19 car crashes in five hours Monday, as officials announced an overnight parking ban to clear the streets—before the next expected storm comes on Wednesday.
The ban goes into effect at midnight. It ends at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Anyone parking in the downtown area during that time—the area bounded by Howe Street, Tower Parkway, Grove, State and North Frontage Road—risks getting ticketed and towed.
The same goes for anyone parking on the odd-numbered side of the streets or along posted snow routes in the rest of town. People can park their cars overnight int he Temple and Crown parking garages.
The 19 motor vehicle collisions occurred all over town, with a particular concentration downtown and in Westville, according to Lt. Jeff Hoffman.
He called the number particularly high, even for a snowstorm—perhaps due to heavier, wetter snow than in some other storms.
A total of three injuries were reported, none of them serious, in the 19 collisions, Hoffman said.
Officials expect up to five inches to accumulate Monday, and then another messy storm to arrive Wednesday morning.