Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter declared a snow emergency in the city Monday morning as the area was under a blizzard warning.

The snow emergency was declared at 5 a.m., meaning all cars need to be off the city streets so plows and emergency vehicles can go through. It is also for safety reasons, as visibility remains low on the roads through Monday afternoon.

"We really need the residents to help us get the cars off the street," said Carpenter. "The Brockton Police are out towing."

Plow drivers said clearing the streets has been a challenge. The snow from this storm is light and fluffy and the strong winds are blowing the snow back onto the roads as soon as they are cleared.

The snow emergency also closed schools in Brockton Monday. Carpenter said he hopes to lift the snow emergency by Tuesday, even if it means delayed openings for schools.

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