The City of Annapolis may be affected by snow storms, ice storms, Nor’easters, or freezing rain.
- Generally, the City of Annapolis is only faced with moderate snowfall and may go several years with little measurable snow, only to be followed by a single heavy or extremely heavy snowfall.
- During the October to April Nor’easter season, February is the busiest month.
- Nor’easters last up to a week in duration, and are 1,000 miles or more in diameter.
- Power outages (extended) are a primary concern with snow and ice storms.
- Most boats will be in storage for the winter, although not all.
Department of Public Works Snow Emergency Response Plan
PHASE I / LEVEL I (1" to 4" Snow fall) - Requires all vehicles on emergency snow routes to be equipped with all-season radials, snow tires or chains.
PHASE II / LEVEL II (5" to 8" Snow fall) - Vehicular parking is banned on emergency snow routes; in advance of a Snow Emergency, residents will be directed to move their vehicles off Snow Emergency Routes to avoid towing and impound.
PHASE III / LEVEL III (9" to 14" Snow fall) - ALL vehicles will be prohibited from operating on any street within the corporate limits of Annapolis except snow equipment, emergency vehicles or others authorized by the Mayor. All previous restrictions prevail.
PHASE IV / LEVEL IV (15" or more) - The City's Public Information Officer will advise the public regarding the sections of the City which Public Works crews are servicing and their approximate completion times through the City's website and other media outlets.
For more information on the Department of Public Works Snow Emergency Response Plan, please visit their 'Snow-What to Know!' website!
The City of Annapolis has three classification levels for roadway travel during a snow event. They are as follows:
Level I: If the local forecast is for 1” to 4” of snow, emergency snow routes, snow connector routes, side streets, street ends and cul-de-sacs will be made passable within 24-36 hours after the end of the storm.
Level II: Vehicle parking is banned on emergency snow routes. Vehicles should be moved to driveways, the City Dock parking lot, or Hillman or Gotts Garages. Vehicles that remain parked or abandoned on the emergency snow routes will be towed to the City Dock Parking Lot if necessary. If the forecast is for 5” to 8”, we expect to make emergency snow routes passable within 24 to 26 hours after the storm ends. Snow connector routes, side streets, street ends and cul-de-sacs will be made passable only after all emergency snow routes are made passable, or within 48 hours.
Level III: All vehicles will be prohibited from operating on any street within the corporate limits of Annapolis except snow equipment, emergency vehicles, or others authorized by the Mayor. If the forecast is for 9” or more of snow, or any freezing rain or ice, challenges will become greater. Emergency snow routes will be made passable within 3 to 4 days, with snow connector routes, side streets, street ends and cul-de-sacs made passable within 3 to 5 days.
Residents may elect to receive updates from the Office of Emergency Management across several media platforms:
- 'Prepare Me Annapolis' Mobile App (iPhone & Android platforms)
- Facebook www.facebook.com/annapolisOEM
- Twitter @annapolisOEM
- the radio (1430 AM WNAV)
- Alerts from the CodeRed Notification System
The CodeRed Notification system is a communication service that allows the Office of Emergency Management to quickly notify citizens about emergency situations through phone, email, or text message alert. All citizens and businesses are encouraged to register.
Information relating to CodeRed service can be found on the Office of Emergency Management’s website.