By Mike LaBella
---- — HAVERHILL — Mayor James Fiorentini declared a snow emergency at 8 a.m. yesterday and continuing to 8 a.m. tomorrow. A ban on parking was instituted in the downtown area.
Winter parking rules remain in effect citywide. The mayor said that if you must park on the street, park on the odd side and warned that police will be towing vehicles that are parked on the even side of a street.
City Hall was closed an hopur early at 3 p.m. yesterday, but was expected to be open today.
The Citizens Center will be open for emergencies as a shelter, if needed, the mayor said. Please call police and they will notify officials to open the center.
Business was brisk around noon yesterday at the Market Basket in Riversedge Plaza. Karen Alves of Haverhill had just finished her work as a visiting nurse and decided to shop for groceries and check the Red Box for a video for her children, who had the day off from school yesterday.
“I thought the market would be empty but it’s not, which is surprising,” Alves said as the wind picked up and snow began blowing sideways, causing shoppers to lower their heads as they walked from their vehicles to the market.
Heather Sopp of Groveland wanted to do some shopping before picking up her children early from school, which she said was in session yesterday in Groveland.
“I figured I’d pick up a few things since they’ll probably not have school on Friday,” she said.
Sopp said she wasn’t happy that Pentucket Regional schools were in session while public schools in Haverhill were not.
“I don’t want them riding on the bus this afternoon,” Sopp said about her children.
Mark Johnson of Haverhill stopped off at the Market Basket to drop off a video at the Red Box outside the entrance to the store.
He was heading to his job in the maintenance department at Merrimack College in North Andover.
“I’ll be plowing and shoveling all day,” Johnson said .
By 1:30 p.m yesterday, police in Haverhill said that only five minor vehicular accidents had been reported, although the State Police responded to a roll-over on Interstate-495.
Students in Haverhill’s public schools saw their holiday vacation extended by two days after School Superintendent James Scully cancelled classes for yesterday and today.