Kent Service Director Gene Roberts issued a snow emergency parking ban starting at 1 p.m. today that will remain in effect on all city streets until further notice.
Roberts said the ban is necessary to provide Kent Service Department road crews full acccess to all city streets in order to clear snow and ice. Roberts said the media would be notified when the parking ban is lifted.
During a snow emergency, Roberts said, parking on all city streets is banned to provide for snow and ice removal. A snow emergency exists during any 24-hour period when two or more inches of snow accumulates.
The Kent Police Department website also provides information about parking bans and other emergencies on its home page.
Roberts issued a reminder to all residents and businesses to clear public sidewalks abutting their properties of snow and ice for the safety of pedestrians
A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect through 7 a.m. Thursday. Heavy snow (from six to 12 inches) and blowing snow is expected throughout this afternoon and evening. The snow will taper off from west to east tonight.