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LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Mayor of Lewiston is urging people to stay at home for the upcoming blizzard, saying road crews will need "all the help [they] can get."

In a statement, Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald said: "Given the forecast for heavy snow, high winds, and blizzard conditions, I urge everyone to stay inside during this storm...Help yourself and help us by staying at home."

The Director of Lewiston Public Works, David Jones, is joining that call. He said his plow trucks will have a tough enough time as it is, without added traffic and the potential for accidents.

"This is a dangerous storm," said Jones. "We're going to have a lot of snow falling at a pretty instense rate."

"Our plows, quite frankly, can't keep up with that amount of snow in that amount of time."

He said it takes up to eight hours to complete a full plow run, and with the storm bringing a potential 1-3 inches of snow each hour, it will make for a big job.

He said following parking bans will help road crews stay on top of the snow.

Lewiston's parking ban runs from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday.

In Auburn, the ban started at noon Friday and lasts until noon Sunday.

Auburn Police were already issuing tickets to violators shortly after noon Friday.

In Lewiston, police ticketed 103 vehicles and towed 56 during the first storm of the season.

It's the first winter for the emergency parking ban system in the cities.

Before this year, overnight parking on city streets was prohibited during the winter months. Even with more lenient rules, police are still finding violators.

"We're hoping that the word has gotten out, and people are clearing their vehicles off the street," said Jones.

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