Snow Emergency Declared 3/20

A snow emergency has been declared, effective at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20.

Vehicles must be removed from designated snow emergency routes by 9 p.m. on March 20 or be subject to ticketing and/or towing. Vehicles may not return to snow emergency routes until the snow emergency has been lifted. Any car parked on a snow emergency route during a snow emergency will be towed.

Click here to view a map of the snow emergency routes.

Free parking during the snow emergency will be available for residents at the following garages beginning at 7 p.m. on March 20:

Prince Street Garage - 111 North Prince Street
Water Street Garage - 220 North Water Street
East King Street Garage - 150 East King Street
Duke Street Garage - 150 North Duke Street
North Queen Street Garage - 424 North Queen Street
Penn Square Garage - 25-51 East Vine Street
Central Garage - 43 South Prince Street
*RRTA Garage - Corner of Queen and Chestnut Streets (enter from Chestnut Street)

You must pull a ticket upon entry.

Please direct questions about parking to the Lancaster Parking Authority at (717) 299-0907.

*For questions about parking in the RRTA Garage, please contact the RRTA at (717) 393-3315.


Do not save parking spots with any furniture or other items at any time. This poses a hazard to yourself, your neighbors, snow removal equipment, and city staff. Anything placed in the street is subject to confiscation

Do not double park, as it can block plows from passing through.

Do not abandon your vehicle in small streets and alleys.

Park in designated parking areas, close to the curb and not partially out in the street.

Pull your mirrors in if possible, especially when parking on narrow streets.


Property owners are required to clear clear a pathway of at least three feet in width on the sidewalk in front of or adjoining their property within five hours of the end of the snow. If the snow ends overnight, the path should be cleared by 10 a.m.

If there is a curb cut, entrance to a crosswalk, fire hydrant or storm drain in front of or near your property, please help your neighbors by clearing it.

Please be considerate of your neighbors. Have a neighbor who's not home, elderly or handicapped? Please take some time and help them out with this task.

If you have an issue with a property that has not cleared snow or ice within the allotted time frame, you can report this to Housing at (717) 291-4706.

Do not throw or blow snow into the street when cleaning off your vehicles or sidewalks after the snow plow has gone through. Please pile the snow in grassy areas and along the curb.


There will be no street cleaning on Wednesday, March 21.


All Penn Waste routes are cancelled on Wednesday, March 21. Penn Waste will be operating on a holiday schedule for the remainder of the week.


In the event that your car is towed during the snow emergency, the four tow companies below will be handling towing on the streets listed. Owners must contact the tow company directly to get their car back.

Lancaster Fleet and Auto
1203 Marshall Avenue | (717) 295-4444
North and South Duke Street, North and South Lime Street, North Queen Street, East Walnut Street

Wayne’s Towing
5199 Main St. East Petersburg | (717) 581-5151
South Queen Street, East King Street, East Orange Street, East Chestnut Street

Patriot-St. Denis Towing
58 North Donnerville Road, Mountville | (717) 285-0100
South Prince Street, West Chestnut Street, West Orange Street, Manor Street, Marietta Avenue

Absolute Towing
136 Keller Avenue | (717) 509-3100
West King Street, North Prince Street, West Walnut Street, Columbia Avenue