Winter Weather Information

Now that temperatures have dipped and snow is in the forecast, we'd like to remind Lancaster City residents about snow emergency procedures and other winter weather reminders so that they can prepare. If you have any questions about the following information, please contact info@cityoflancasterpa.com

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Snow Emergencies

Snow emergencies are typically called when there is a solid forecast of 8+ inches of snow.

If a snow emergency is called, vehicles must be removed from designated snow emergency routes by the declared time, 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 no earlier than the declared start time:

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 Stret)
Central Garage (43 South Prince Street)
RRTA’s Queen Street Station Garage (corner of North Queen & West Chestnut)

You must pull a ticket upon entry.

All vehicles must be removed from parking garages when the snow emergency is lifted. The City of Lancaster will make every effort to schedule the end of the snow emergency to give residents ample time to plan and move their cars. Regular hourly rates will commence after that time.

Towing Information

In the event that your car is towed during a snow emergency, the four tow companies below will be handling towing on the streets listed. Owners should 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

Furniture in Streets

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

Clearing Sidewalks

Property owners are required to clear their sidewalks and the openings to any crosswalks of snow and ice within five hours of the end of the snow. If the snow ends overnight, the property owner has until 10 am. 

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.

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 there is a fire hydrant or storm drain in front of or near your property, please clear it. An easy way to keep a hydrant clear is to place an empty trash or recycling bin over it prior to snowfall.

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

Driving/Parking

Please do not drive if not absolutely necessary. The fewer vehicles on the road, the better our crews can clear them. 

Do not double park, or abandon your vehicle in small streets and alleys. This can block plows from passing through.

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.

Street Cleaning

Street cleaning takes place year-round. A bit of rain can actually help the sweeper, so we do not typically cancel street cleaning for inclement weather unless there is sigificant ice or snow accumulation. You can always call (717) 735-3300 ext. 3291 for street cleaning status.