Thursday, December 17, 2020

No Snow Emergency in Hudson

The following notice appears on the City of Hudson website:
As of December 17, 2020 9:30 AM, there is not a snow emergency for the City of Hudson. Normal alternate side parking rules are in effect.
12/17: 8 AM - Midnight: Park on Both Sides 
(unless otherwise posted)
12/18: 8 AM park on even side (unless otherwise posted). 
Parking on both sides allowed in municipal lots.
Unless otherwise posted, cars can park on either side during the day. Tonight, cars should be parked on the even side. On Friday, December 18, midnight - 8am, cars must be parked on the even side (unless otherwise posted).
Cars parked on streets that do not have alternate side parking should observe regular parking rules.
Any streets posted with orange "no parking signs" prohibit parking on that side of the street until the signs are lawfully removed by the Department of Public Works (DPW).
Residents are encouraged to park in municipal lots. Locations include Warren and 3rd, Union and 6th, Columbia and 6th, and S. Front Street Amtrak lot. For Friday, December 18, overnight parking on both sides in all municipal lots. In other words, tonight people can park on both sides within municipal lots. All other rules for parking lots are in effect, do not park in fire lanes or block entrances. While coin parking meters are suspended, payment is still required for Amtrak lot parking.
The DPW is in Phase 1 of snow response, which focuses on keeping roads open, especially for emergency vehicles. DPW staff have been working over the night, will continue throughout the day, and overnight tonight. 


  1. Does anyone know what constitutes a "snow emergency" in the city of Hudson? It would seem to me that 16+ inches of snow is very worthy of that status.

    1. Snow emergencies in Hudson have everything to do with parking. The snow emergency rules are quite draconian, requiring people to leave their cars where they are until 8 p.m., getting embedded deeper and deeper in the snow with every plow that goes by. Then at 8 p.m., in the dark, everyone is supposed to go out, dig their car out of the snow, and move it to the other side of the street. The snow emergency rules also result in more cars being towed. Not declaring a snow emergency, and instead following the commonsense guidelines developed during Rick Rector's term as mayor, makes much more sense.