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When Buffalo area winter parking bans become effective

Back when Amherst Highway Superintendent Patrick J. Lucey Jr. was a police officer and writing tickets for cars violating the overnight winter parking ban, he doesn't remember the ban starting later than the designated Nov. 1.

In 2016 the ban has been postponed until Nov. 16 in Amherst and some other communities because of the warm weather.

And while it is relatively mild this month, we are in the snow range.

The average date for the first snow in Buffalo is Nov. 8, while the average date of the first inch of snow is Nov. 18. The earliest in the season the first inch of snow has fallen is Oct. 10, 1906, while the latest the first inch fell was Jan. 3, 1923.

Now that he traded his badge for a snowplow, Lucey has a keen interest in parking bans, which require vehicles to be removed from streets in the town between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. over the winter.

The ban was supposed to start last week, but the supervisor put it off for two weeks, after conferring with Lucey and Police Chief John Askey.

"If we have a snow fall, we like to go out if at all possible, after midnight, one o'clock, where we can clear the streets from curb to curb," Lucey said, adding it takes six to seven hours to plow and treat all the roads in the town.

Traffic, he said, inhibits plowing of the roads.

And that's the whole point of the bans, to get cars off the roads so plows can clear the snow from curb to curb. Road signs in many local municipalities announce the bans, which usually start at midnight, 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. and last until 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. They generally run from November to April, although some bans ended early last winter, allowing overnight parking by mid-March because it was so mild.

While police are generally easy on enforcing the bans right after they start to let people know the bans have started, they also increase enforcement throughout the winter, to get residents used to moving their cars.

"If people park in the street, it just makes our job harder," Lucey said.

Here's when the overnight winter parking bans go into effect in other area municipalities:

Oct. 1: 

City of Tonawanda, 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Nov. 1: 

Cheektowaga, 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Clarence, 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Grand Island, 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Hamburg (village and town), 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

North Tonawanda, 3 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Nov. 15:

Buffalo, most bus routes, 1:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., alternate parking on streets in Elmwood Village.

Depew, 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Village of Lancaster, 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Town of Tonawanda, 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Kenmore, 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

West Seneca, 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Lackawanna, parking banned on all streets in Ridgewood Village during the winter months, and no parking from 2:30 a.m. To 7 a.m. on Abbott Road, South Shore Boulevard, South Park Avenue, Electric Avenue, and Ridge Road.

Dec. 1:

Niagara Falls, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.





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