A Sun Staff Report
LOWELL -- Don't store away those shovels quite yet.
After a foot of snow fell on Thursday and another 6 inches on Saturday, Greater Lowell is expected to see an additional 3 to 5 inches on Tuesday as commuters return from the long weekend.
Lowell will have a snow-emergency parking ban going into effect at noon Tuesday, Lowell police announced Monday afternoon.
Vehicles in violation of the parking ban are subject to towing and ticketing.
Residents without access to off-street parking may park for free at the George Ayotte Garage, at 11 Post Office Square, and the Edward Early Jr. Garage at 135 Middlesex St. Those who park in those garages have until two hours after the ban is lifted to remove their vehicles without any additional costs.
The National Weather Service predicts the snow will start by mid-morning and wrap up about 8 p.m.
Wind is not expected to be a significant factor during the snowfall, according to the National Weather Service.
On the positive side, the new snow could be perfect for sledding for the kids enjoying vacation week in Massachusetts.
In New Hampshire, where students are in school this week, Hudson and Pelham school departments announced on Monday that there will be an early dismissal on Tuesday because of the storm.
In addition, the Golden Gloves at the Lowell Auditorium will be pushed to Thursday because of the weather and fighters coming from all over New England.