Mayor Gavin Buckley
Public Information Office
160 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Media Contact: Mitchelle Stephenson, 410-972-7724 or email@example.com
Snow Expected Today Through Tuesday; 4 Inches or More With Periods of Sleet, Freezing Rain and Rain
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 31, 2021) - The National Weather Service predicts that Annapolis will see winter weather, including snow, sleet and freezing rain starting early Sunday and continuing into Tuesday. Strong winds, 7 to 14 MPH will accompany the storm, with gusts to 25 MPH. Snow totals are expected to be 4 to 6 inches on Sunday with additional accumulations on Monday. Temperatures will hover around freezing both days, making periods of freezing rain or sleet likely.
The City declared a Snow Emergency as of 8 a.m. Sunday. At this time, vehicles must be moved off of Snow Emergency Routes. The City has opened garages for residents to park for free. Vehicles may be towed on Snow Emergency Routes at the expense of the vehicle owner. To find a listing of snow emergency routes, visit: https://www.annapolis.gov/730/Snow-Information.
The Annapolis Public Works Department (DPW) is prepared with more than 800 tons of salt along with deicing agents. Crews began treating roads early Sunday. DPW crews will work in 12-hour shifts to treat City streets in preparation to begin the work week on Monday.
Residents should avoid travel during the storm to allow plow crews time to clear streets. If you must travel, please slow down and exercise caution. Once snowfall begins, roads are expected to be slippery. Parked cars are one of the biggest challenges for snow crews. Please park your cars in driveways and off public streets so plows can clear as much snow as possible. For plowing information, visit the City’s Public Works Snow Information webpage at the following link: https://www.annapolis.gov/730/Snow-Information. This page has information on Snow Emergency Routes, Snow Connector Routes and the City’s Snow Plan.
Annapolis Transit: At this time, transit routes will operate on the regular schedule. For updates or changes to Annapolis Transit, visit: the City’s Facebook page or call 410-263-7964.
Annapolis Public Works: At this time, there is no change to Monday’s regularly scheduled refuse and recycling collection. For updates or changes to collections, visit: www.annapolis.gov/1024/Refuse-Collection.
Emergency Operations Center Activation: The Annapolis Office of Emergency Management has activated the Emergency Operations Center. The Annapolis Call Center is open for all non-emergency calls. Annapolis residents can call 410-260-2211 regarding road conditions or for any non-emergency, snow-related questions.
Recreation and Parks: At this time, the “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center will follow regularly scheduled opening and closing times. For schedule changes or snow-related closures, please visit the Recreation and Parks FACEBOOK page or the Pip Moyer Recreation Center FACEBOOK page.
Warming Center Opening: The Stanton Center, at 92 West Washington Street in Annapolis, will be open as a warming center from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. through the morning of February 7. Please note that masks are required, all COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed, and all referrals must check-in to the Stanton Center nightly by 9 p.m.
Covid-19 Testing on Monday: The Office of Emergency Management has announced that the Monday COVID-19 testing at the “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center has been cancelled.
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City of Annapolis Employee Leave Policy: A decision will be made about City operations and openings by 6 a.m. Monday after an assessment of the condition of the streets. A citywide email will be sent on Monday morning however, department heads will need to ensure notice is provided to quasi- essential and non-essential government employees who do not have City email.
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