Snow Emergency & Winter Operations
Snow Emergency Operations
When a substantial accumulation of snow (usually greater than 6 inches) or certain other conditions are expected that will pose a hazard to the vehicle and pedestrian traffic, a Snow Emergency may be declared by the City of Easton. Cars parked along any Snow Emergency Routes must be moved when a Snow Emergency is declared. Cars that are not moved will be towed by the Easton Police Department.
Following are some suggestions to avoid unnecessary inconvenience during a Snow Emergency:
- The City carefully plans its approach to each storm and will make every attempt to minimize the impacts of snow emergencies on both residents and the business community.
- Do not return your car to the snow emergency route until the snow emergency is lifted.
- If you plan to be away from your home or business during an anticipated storm, please make arrangements to have your vehicle removed if a snow emergency is declared. The city will make every effort to locate the owner of a vehicle that has not been removed. However, if all attempts fail, the car will be towed at the owner's expense.
- Keep your radio and/or television tuned to local stations for the latest information.
- The two downtown parking garages will be opened for free during the snow emergency for residents who live along snow emergency routes. Cars must be removed from the garage within the established timeframe to avoid charges.
Communications & Updates
In the event of a snow emergency, the City of Easton will communicate news and updates as follows:
- On our three social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)
- On the city website homepage
- Through our municipal newsletter
- Through our Easton Alerts notification system. Sign up HERE.
General Winter Operations
During winter operations, please keep in mind that city crews plow streets in the following order of priority:
- Snow Emergency Routes
- Secondary roadways
- City-owned alleys
- City-owned parking areas
- Please do not shovel your sidewalk until the city has finished plowing your street - several passes may be made over the course of the storm. It is your responsibility to pile snow between the curb and sidewalk or in another appropriate area off of the street.
- It is illegal to shovel your snow into the street or to plow snow into the street from your driveway, parking lot(s), or other private property. View the Snow and Ice Removal Ordinance.
- Removing snow from fire hydrants around your property is very helpful.
- No resident is permitted to obstruct or "save" any parking space within the City of Easton with items including but not limited to trash cans, furniture, barrels, barricades, etc.
- Residents may work with their neighbors to remove all vehicles from their block and then contact Public Works for a plow to push the snow back as far as possible to the curb. This is only done after all the streets have been opened wide enough for traffic.
The City of Easton greatly appreciates your cooperation. If you have further questions regarding our winter operations, please contact the Department of Public Works at 610-250-6680 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Snow Emergency Routes