It may not officially be winter yet, but winter parking regulations take effect this Sunday in the City of Kitchener.

This means no cars are allowed to be parked on the street between 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m., until March 31st. 

The seasonal change in the rules are meant to keep city streets clear of vehicles for the city's snow clearing operations.

Under the rules, the city can declare a 'snow event' during a major snowfall, which forbids all parking on all streets at any time.

During such an event bylaw officers will ticket and tow cars that are hampering snow clearing operations by city crews, the City of Kitchener said in a statement Friday. 

"The amount of the ticket for vehicles parked on the street during a snow event is $80. Vehicles that are towed will be relocated to another area in close proximity when it is safe and practical to do so. However, it may be necessary for some vehicles to be impounded at the owner’s expense"

A new pilot parking project will also go in effect for residents in Ward 5, where parking will be permitted on the boulevard portion of residential driveways.