Albany's Declared a Snow Emergency - Now What?

When the snow starts to fall in Albany, many of you may be wondering where to park to avoid a fine, as well as who is responsible for clearing the sidewalk in front of where you live.

See what constitutes a snow emergency, what your responsibility is with snow removal, how the parking regulations change, and browse some helpful tips for shoveling.

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What is Considered to be a Snow Emergency? How Will You Know?

During a major snow event a snow emergency will be declared. Snow emergencies are primarily called based on street conditions after a snow event.

Total accumulation is one factor, but the city will take into account the amount of snow already on the street prior to the storm and whether another storm is forecasted for the near future. The temperatures on the day of the storm and the days immediately following it will also be taken into consideration.

When a snow emergency is announced you'll find out through news media radio and television, message boards and signs placed throughout the city, and through the Albany Police Department's social media.

You can also sign up to receive text or email alerts on snow emergencies here >>

Snow Removal & Your Responsibilities

Streets

The Department of General Services is responsible for all snow plowing and ice treatment of over 250 miles of city streets. DGS hires outside contractors to help with the plowing and removal of snow and ice for over 670 city streets.

Sidewalks

It is the responsibility of all property owners and/or residents to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. If your property is not cleared of snow/ice within 24 hours of a snowfall, DGS will then perform the removal and the cost will be billed to the property owner, which may result in a $100 fine for each occurrence.

Handicap ramps adjacent to your property are included in the code and also must be cleared within 24 hours.

Please also dig out any fire hydrant on or adjacent to your property.

Please Note

At no time should anyone shovel, snow blow, or plow any snow or ice into the city streets or crosswalks. Violators may be fined up to $100 per violation, plus the cost of removal.

Parking Regulations During a Snow Emergency

During a snow emergency normal parking regulations are temporarily suspended and parking is only allowed on the even side of the street for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours from the start of the snow emergency residents must move their vehicles to the odd numbered side of streets for the next 24 hours, or until the emergency is declared over.

The city tries to give residents sufficient time to plan ahead by giving approximately 12 hours of notice before parking restrictions take effect.

Permitting Parking Locations During a Snow Emergency

Arbor Hill /Sheridan Hollow

  • Parking Area, Arbor Hill Softball Field (North Lark Street)
  • 230 Colonie Street (playground lot)
  • 178 Colonie Street (playground lot)
  • Ten Broeck Mansion (parking lot)

Pine Hill

  • Ridgefield Park (on Partridge Street)
  • Woodlawn Park Little League
  • Waterson Park (Westland Hills) Enter On Colvin Avenue or Austain Avenue.
  • Washington Park (all roadways and parking areas)

South End

  • Krank Park Area
  • Franklin Street (between Schuyler Street & Bassett Street - east side)
  • Lincoln Park (all interior roadways & parking area)
  • Frisbee Avenue parking lot (between Second Avenue and McCarty Avenue)

Center Square / Mansion

  • 77 Philip Street (playground)
  • 88 Philip Street (playground)
  • 179 Myrtle Avenue (in front of Community Gardens)

North Albany

  • Hackett Park parking lot across from North Albany Post

West End

  • Bleecker Stadium (parking area & roadways)
  • North Side of Livingston Avenue, Tivoli Park (opposite Judson Street)

Snow Shoveling Tips

  • Shoveling is hard work. Shovel for five to seven minutes then rest for two to three.
  • Shovel early and often. New snow is lighter than heavily packed and partially melted snow.
  • Try to push the snow instead of lifting.
  • Lift properly and safetly to avoid back injuries: bend from your back and not your knees, walk to dump the snow rather than throwing it, hold the shovel close to your body, allow ample space between your hands on the shovel, and avoid twisting while lifting.

Find More Information

For information on snow emergencies and winter weather events call the Albany Snow Hotline at 518.476.SNOW.

For overall questions on how snow emergencies are handled call the City of Albany at 518.434.CITY.

If you get towed, call the Albany Police Department at 518.438.4000 to find the location of the tow lot.

See the Albany Snow Emergency flier here >>

Read more from the City of Albany on snow and ice removal here >>

Check out winter events in the Albany area >>

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