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    Boston declared a snow emergency, so get your cars off the main arteries

    A small plow cleared Berkley Street in Boston during the storm.
    David L Ryan/Globe Staff
    A small plow cleared Berkley Street in Boston during the storm.

    With snow falling at a furious pace Tuesday morning, most Boston residents have probably heard that the city declared a snow emergency.

    But what does it mean?

    It means on-street parking, a scarce commodity when it’s 70 degrees and sunny, is a no-no in many areas for the duration of the emergency, which began at 7 p.m. Monday and remains in effect until further notice.

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    You can park your car at a discounted garages located throughout the city, but if you keep it on a restricted street, it probably won’t be there when the snow stops falling.

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    “Good morning Boston,” the city’s Transportation Department said in a tweet just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. “Reminder: A Snow Emergency and Parking Ban is in effect. Please remember, you must move your car to avoid getting towed. #teambtd has been working around the clock to assist in this effort.”

    And when city officials say no parking on a flagged street, they’re not just blowing smoke.

    “We will ticket and tow your car if you park on a posted snow emergency artery during a declared snow emergency,” the city said in a sternly worded advisory posted to its website, complete with bold-face type. “If you can’t find a spot, some lots and garages offer discounted parking to vehicles with Boston resident parking stickers.”

    So what are the streets to avoid?

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    Among the restricted thoroughfares are state-owned roads including Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain, Day Boulevard in South Boston, Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester, and Charlesgate East and West in the Back Bay.

    You can find a comprehensive map and full list of all streets subject to the parking ban here.

    But where in the name of James Michael Curley can I find those discounted garages? A full list of available garages and lots can be found here. The discounts are available to vehicles with Boston resident parking stickers.

    As of 9:09 a.m., the city was reporting 629 tows in the prior 24 hours, according to the city website. It wasn’t immediately clear how many of those were linked to the snow emergency.

    Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.