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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CITY PREPARES FOR WINTER STORM:
Residents Parked On Snow Emergency Routes Should
Move Vehicles to City Garages Beginning at 7PM
Annapolis, MD (February 19, 2019) – The National Weather Service is predicting that Annapolis may see heavy snowfall during the morning commute beginning around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20.
Annapolis is most likely expected to receive two to four inches of snow, however, accumulations of greater than four inches are possible. Sleet is expected around 11 a.m. on Wednesday before eventually turning to rain by 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
Mayor Gavin Buckley is encouraging residents, especially those parked on Snow Emergency Routes, to move their vehicles to City garages beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 19). Vehicles parked on Snow Emergency Routes are the biggest challenge for snow crews. City parking garages will be open and free of charge for Annapolis City residents. Please park your vehicles in driveways so plows can clear as much snow as possible, or consider going to one of the following designated parking garages:
Noah Hillman Parking Garage – 150 Gorman Street
Gotts Court Parking Garage – 25 Northwest Street
Knighton Parking Garage – 1A Colonial Avenue
Park Place – 5 Park Place
For plowing information, visit the City’s Public Work’s Snow Information webpage at the following link: https://www.annapolis.gov/730/Snow-Information. This page will have information on Snow Emergency Routes, Snow Connector Routes and the City’s Snow Plan.
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Activation: The Annapolis Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the storm and the EOC will activate on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 a.m. The Annapolis Call Center will also be activated to take non-emergency inquiries from the public. Annapolis residents can call 410-260-2211 for more information regarding road conditions or any non-emergency, snow-related questions.
Warming Center Opens: The Stanton Center, located at 92 W. Washington St., will open tonight, February 19, and tomorrow night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. as an overnight warming center for individuals who need this service. Referrals should report to the Stanton Center by 9 p.m. to check in. For questions about the Stanton Center, please call the Office of Emergency Management at 410-216-9167.
Public Works and Transit: At this time, Wednesday’s regularly scheduled yard waste and bulk trash collection currently is still scheduled. The City’s Transit schedule also is currently on schedule.
Recreation and Parks: The "Pip" Moyer Recreation Center will follow weather emergency plans issued by the City of Annapolis. For example, if the City is closed for snow, then the Annapolis Recreation and Parks facilities are closed. If there is a delayed opening or an early closing issued by the City, the facilities will also follow that schedule. For further information, please visit the Department's Cancellations and Inclement Weather page.
Resident Snow Removal Responsibilities: Please remember once the snow begins that City Code, Section 14.24.010 requires the property owner to clear the public sidewalk of snow and ice within three hours after the snow or sleet has stopped falling, except when the snow or sleet stopped falling between 3 p.m. and 6 a.m. Then the snow/ice must be removed from the walk before 11 a.m. Violation of this code requirement is subject to a $25 fine. Also, uncover and clear area around fire hydrants and storm drain inlets. While it helps identify hydrants for firefighters, it can also help you guard against flooding. If the snow melts and can’t flow away, it could cause street icing and basement flooding.
Be Prepared: Due to forecasted conditions and the possibility of power outages, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges residents to use the checklist below to be prepared. All supplies should last for three days:
- Water (one gallon, per person, per day - more if needed for cleaning, showering)
- Non-perishable food items
- Flashlights, no candles
- Battery-powered radios
- Extra batteries
- Personal Identification
Any power outages should be reported to BGE at 1-877-778-2222. Please use caution when operating generators. Generators should be operated outdoors in an area with ample ventilation.