With more than a foot of snow forecasted for the Southcoast, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell has announced that a parking ban will go into effect in the city at 5pm on Thursday.  Generally, residents should park their vehicles on the side of the street opposite the fire hydrants.

The Mayor also announced there will be school Thursday in New Bedford.

If you need off-street parking in your neighborhood, residents are advised to use designated emergency parking areas around the city.  They include:

Victory Park - Brock Avenue

Hazelwood Park - Brock Avenue

Roosevelt Middle School - Brock Avenue and Dennis Street

Cove Street Parking Lot - Cove Street and Morton Court

Orchard Street at Camara Soccer Field

Congdon School - Thompson and Hemlock Street

Buttonwood Park Parking Area - Hawthorn Street Side and Lake Street Side

Former St. Mary’s Home – Entrance on Mill Street

Coggeshall Street Parking Lot - Coggeshall Street and Acushnet Avenue

Sawyer Street Parking Lot - Between Sawyer Street and Beetle Street

Brooklawn Park Parking Area - Brooklawn Street (South Side)

Normandin Middle School - Tarkiln Hill Road

Jireh Swift School - Tarkiln Hill Road

Campbell School - Phillips Road

Riverside Park Lot – Coffin Avenue

Coffin Avenue Lot- Across from Taber Mills Apartments

Alma del Mar Charter School (former Ottiwell School) - 26 Madeira Avenue

Former AVX site on Bellville Avenue at Hadley Street

Philips Avenue School – 249 Phillips Avenue

DeValles School – 120 Katherine Street

Parker School – 705 County Street

Elm Street Garage

Zeiterion Garage – 688 Purchase Street

Dartmouth has also instituted a Parking Ban, effective at 9pm Wednesday.  The Board of Public Works is advising residents to park on the side of the street opposite the fire hydrants.  If there are no hydrants in your neighborhood, park on the even-numbered side of the street.