Winter Storms

Winter Storms in Annapolis, MD

  • 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.
Main Street Snow Shoveler

Phases & Levels of Storms

  • Phase I / Level I (1 inch to 4 inches Snow fall) - Requires all vehicles on emergency snow routes to be equipped with all-season radials, snow tires or chains. We expect to make the emergency snow routes passable within 12 hours of the end of the snow fall, snow connector routes will be made passable within 24 hours of the end of the snow fall, and all other routes will be made passable within 36 hours of the end of the snow fall.
  • Phase II / Level II (5 inches to 8 inches 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. We expect to make emergency snow routes passable within 24 hours of the end of the snow fall; Snow Connector Routes will be made passable within 36 hours of the end of the snow fall; all other routes will be made passable within 60 hours of the end of the snow fall.
  • Phase III / Level III (9 inches to 14 inches 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. Snow Emergency Routes will be made passable within 96 hours of the end of the snow fall, Snow Connector Routes will be made passable within 120 hours of the end of the snow fall, all other routes will be made passable within 144 hours of the end of the snow fall.
  • Phase IV / Level IV (15 inches 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.

Roadway Travel Levels

The City of Annapolis has three classification levels for roadway travel during a snow event. They are as follows:

  • Level I: Requires all vehicles on emergency snow routes to be equipped with chains or snow tires. If the local forecast is for 1 inch to 4 inches 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 inches 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 inches 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.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit Department of Public Works page.