If you parked your car on the street last night in the Halifax Regional Municipality, you may have awoken to an unpleasant surprise pinned to your windshield this morning.


The winter parking ban officially came into effect at 12:01 a.m. in the municipality’s urban core - which includes Halifax, Timberlea, Bedford, Dartmouth, Sackville, Cole Harbour, Fall River, Beaver Bank, Westphal and Eastern Passage.


Anyone parking on the street between 1 and 7 a.m. can be issued a ticket for $50. If the fine isn’t paid within 60 days, it goes up to $82.96.


In the event of a major snowstorm, the municipality can ticket or tow any vehicle that interferes with snow-clearing operations, regardless of time or date. Residents are being asked to allow 12 hours after the end of the snowfall for crews to plow main roads and bus routes, and 24 hours for residential and rural streets.