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Winter Weather Information

November 12, 2019 | Mayor's Office

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


Snow emergency and other urgent winter weather-related updates will be posted here on the City’s website, and pushed out through social media and other channels.

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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.

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 (Lancaster Parking Authority)
111 North Prince Street

Water Street Garage (Lancaster Parking Authority)
220 North Water Street

East King Street Garage (Lancaster Parking Authority)
150 East King Street

Duke Street Garage (Lancaster Parking Authority)
150 North Duke Street

North Queen Street Garage (Lancaster Parking Authority)
424 North Queen Street

Penn Square Garage (Lancaster Parking Authority)
25-51 East Vine Street

Queen Street Station Garage (Red Rose Transit Authority)
Corner of North Queen & West Chestnut

Steinman Park Garage (Colonial Parking)
35 South Prince Street

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.

If you have issues with parking, please contact the entity that manages the garage you are parked in:

Lancaster Parking Authority
(717) 299-0907

Red Rose Transit Authority
(717) 947-7293

Colonial Parking
(833) 491-5700


If 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


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.


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 a.m. 

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. We understand that this can be difficult during large snowfalls, and appreciate your good-faith effort to keep snow out of the streets while clearing your sidewalks!

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 need assistance with snow removal, consider reaching out for a volunteer through Dig Out Lancaster County, a private Facebook group. Go to www.facebook.com/groups/DiggingOutLancasterCounty for more information. 

If there is a fire hydrant or storm drain adjacent to your property, please clear it. 

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 or housing@cityoflancasterpa.com.


Please do not drive during a snow emergency unless 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 takes place year-round. We do not typically cancel street cleaning for inclement weather unless there is significant ice or snow accumulation. You can always call (717) 735-3300 ext. 3291 or check the IN THE SPOTLIGHT section on our homepage for street cleaning status.

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