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Albany Snow Emergency in effect

ALBANY -- Drivers rushed to move their cars Friday evening ahead of the 8 p.m. start of a Snow Emergency. Cars remaining on the odd side of the street were ticketed and towed.

Along Dove Street, Bri Morrison worked to move her car less than ten minutes before the emergency went into effect.

"I was out and about and I forgot. I was hoping that I parked on the correct part of the street, but I didn't. I walked down and saw all of that there [empty parking spaces] and thought guess it's time to shovel out now," said Morrison. "The problem is going to find a new spot because this is the first night of snow emergency I'm kind of screwed because it's snowy everywhere."

A few blocks away, Brian McCune spent 20 minutes digging out his car and another 25 minutes trying to gain enough traction to get out of the spot.

"I've dug around the tires, put a mat in front of the front tire, tried pushing it and knocking it out with boots," said McCure.

Albany required residents to park on the even side of the street between 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Cars must then switch to the odd side of the street for the next 24 hours.

The city provided extra parking in the city's parks, but some thought it wasn't enough.

"I'm sure they do it for a reason, but its difficult to find parking. Both sides of the street are usually filled up anyway," said McCure. "To cut that parking in half it's tough to find a space."
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