A Guide to Parking in Hoboken During a Snowstorm

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When there’s snow in the forecast, that means city residents have to scramble to find a parking situation that works for them. The City of Hoboken announced an advisory message calling for 3-5 inches of snow between January 6 at 10 PM and Friday, January 7 at 12 PM, with higher amounts possible in certain areas.

It can be a struggle to find parking on a daily in the Hoboken area anyway, so snow always complicates things. But don’t stress when there’s an upcoming flurry. We’ve come up with the ultimate guide for all of the snow-related questions you might have in Hoboken so there are no worries in sight (and so you hopefully won’t have to dig your car out the next morning!) Keep reading for all the details we’ve collected about parking, snow routes, traveling, and more.

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DO NOT Wait If You Want to Park Your Car in a Garage

Parking garages in town usually give discounted rates for residents (read: residents only!) wanting to get their cars off the streets for snowstorms The only catch is — get there early. The garages usually fill up fast and there’s limited capacity, so if you want a spot, you should plan accordingly.

Hoboken Municipal Parking Garages:

Garage “B” — 28 2nd Street
Garage “D” — 215 Hudson Street
Garage “G” — 315 Hudson Street
Midtown — 371 4th Street
Garden Street — 916 Garden Street

Check Twitter for Updates on Street Cleaning Suspension

The City of Hoboken’s twitter account almost always gives updates on street cleaning and whether it’s suspended. The city has announced street cleaning will be suspended on Friday, January 7. Never assume it’s suspended just because the weather is bad — so make sure to confirm before leaving your car in a street cleaning spot. Check out the street cleaning schedule here if you aren’t sure.

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Do NOT Park Illegally

While you might think, “my car is buried in snow, the yellow + red lines aren’t visible, I won’t get a ticket”, think again. The parking authority will still ticket your car if it is in an illegal spot (yellow lines, red lines) regardless if the officer can see the lines. The city is clear that parking regulations will remain in effect during the snowstorm.

Do NOT Park on an Emergency Snow Route or in a Fire Hydrant Spot

Various streets in Hoboken are dedicated emergency snow routes for police, fire, and ambulances to move around town safely in the event of a big storm or another emergency. On those streets, there are red signs that read “No Parking When Road is Snow Covered.”

If there is a big snowstorm coming, there are usually many reminders from the city (robocalls, tweets, and police officers driving around reminding residents on their speakers, Nixle alerts), but you should make this a habit. Your car will be towed if you are parked in an emergency snow route and a snow emergency has been declared.

Dedicated snow routes (this means you can NOT park here if the ground is snow-covered):

Observer Highway – Both Sides – Hudson Street to Henderson Street
Washington Street – Both Sides – Observer Highway to the northern boundary
Willow Avenue – West Side – Observer Highway to 11th Street
3rd Street – North Side – Jackson Street to River Street
4th Street – South Side – River Street to Jackson Street
5th Street – South Side – Clinton Street to River Street
9th Street – North Side – Jackson Street to River Street
13th Street – North Side – Washington Street to Madison Street
13th Street – South Side – Washington Street to Hudson Street
17th Street – Both Sides – Willow Avenue to Jefferson Street

As always, do not park in a fire hydrant spot. Just like emergency snow routes, this is extremely important for the safety of residents in case of emergencies. It is also illegal to shovel snow back onto streets or in the area of a fire hydrant. And again, your car will be towed if parked on one of these streets if snow-covered.

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Other Important Notes

Hoboken is advising all residents to stay off the roads in the morning hours of Friday, January 7, and Hop shuttle service is suspended this week. All Hoboken COVID-19 testing centers will remain open throughout the entirety of the snowstorm. For both property owners and occupants in Hoboken, you have six hours after the snow has stopped falling to remove any snow or ice from certain areas on your property. This includes sidewalks adjacent to your property, and adjoining curb ramps or curb cuts.

Hopefully, this guide will help you navigate a snowstorm without any trouble. You can sign up for alerts from the city for updates here.

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A recent Montclair State journalism graduate, Samantha loves sharing her view of the world through her writing. With roots in Woodbridge Township, she is a true Jersey Girl. You can find her looking for local coffee shops and places to shop for clothes and new plants. Samantha is an avid hockey fan and experienced in sports media, newspapers, and editing. Aside from her writing, she loves to travel, especially to Disney and beach locales.

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