Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snow Emergency Plan Alert

The Frederick Police Department would like to remind residents that the Snow Emergency Plan might take effect with tonight and tomorrow’s forecasted snowfall. Two hours after the snow emergency has been declared, all vehicles parked on snow emergency routes are subject to tow at the owner’s expense without warning.

The following information is intended for businesses and residents located along a designated Snow Emergency Routes. These routes are marked by signage. These are the general regulations that address your responsibility during a snow emergency.

Frederick has categorized the streets within the city in order to prioritize Snow Removal Services. Streets are typically broken down into three categories; Snow Emergency, Collector and Local Streets. The streets that are designated as Snow Emergency Routes have been determined to be the major traffic arteries, which need to be kept open at all times.

The Snow Emergency Routes are cleared first and we must keep them passable at all times under all conditions. It is only after these streets are satisfactory are we able to move on to the Collector and then the local streets.

When a Snow Emergency is declared, it will be announced via local radio broadcasts, telecasts and the City Web site at In addition, we will have a recorded message on the City Emergency information line - 301.600.1300. Parking on Snow Emergency Routes is prohibited on any posted Snow Emergency Route, starting two (2) hours after the Snow Emergency declaration. Please remove all vehicles within the required time. Prohibited parking shall remain in effect until the Snow Emergency has been lifted. Cars in violation may be towed at owner’s expense.

Vehicles traveling on Snow Emergency Route restrictions are required to have snow tires or chains. Enforcement of the Snow Emergency Route restrictions is conducted by the Frederick City Police.

Thank you in advance for assisting the City to protect public safety. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Public Works at 301.600.1440.

Drivers are reminded to take extra care when driving during inclement weather and to wear their safety belts, and use your vehicle’s head and tail lamps.

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