Call it a "Rite of Autumn." As the prospect of true Berkshires wintry weather comes nearer, cities and towns issue their yearly parking bans. In North Adams that ban took effect today, Nov.1.

Police Chief Jason Wood issued a reminder on Facebook, and calls went out on the city's notification system. From now until April 15, 2020, according to city ordinance:

No person shall park any vehicle, except in an emergency, on any street or highway for a period of time longer than one hour between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day. This ban shall be in effect from November 1 to April 15, or at such time that the Mayor declares a weather emergency.

Chief Wood also advises that vehicles parked on sidewalks will not be permitted at anytime.

Officers will begin issuing paper warnings to vehicles in violation on Nov 1st, for approximately a week. Wood encouraged people to explore their options in finding off street parking if required.

The ban is 2 weeks shorter than it used to be. Last spring City Council voted to amend the ordinance, changing the official end date from April 30 to April 15.