Mayor Madden Issues Update on Winter Storm, City Preparations

Mayor Madden Issues Update on Winter Storm, City Preparations

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2019

Mayor Madden Issues Update on Winter Storm, City Preparations

Winter Storm Warning In Effect for Greater Capital District, with 12 to 20 Inches of Snow Forecast for January 19-20 Weekend

City-Owned Lots and Garages Available for Daytime Parking on Monday, January 21st

City Hall Will Be Closed Monday, January 21, in Observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden is reminding residents to take precautions during potentially inclement weather expected to impact the Collar City this weekend. City crews will be mobilized prior to and throughout the storm to clear snow and address icy conditions on local roadways. Residents are asked to watch for plow vehicles operating in their neighborhood.

Weather Conditions

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning beginning 4:00pm Saturday, January 19th, through 4:00pm Sunday, January 20th. Heavy snow is expected, with total accumulations of 12 to 20 inches. High winds may also impact the region, with gusts of 20 to 30 mph on Sunday afternoon.

Travel may be difficult during the storm with snow and ice creating potentially hazardous conditions on local roadways. Residents should exercise caution if traveling, take appropriate precautions, allow for extra time, and reduce speeds. For more information on local weather conditions, please visit the NWS website at

Parking Restrictions

Regular parking restrictions in the Central Business District (Federal Street to Ferry Street / Front Street to 7th Avenue) will remain in effect as currently posted. Vehicles in violation of posted parking restrictions will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

Residents are encouraged to utilize city-owned lots and garages. Free parking will be available beginning 5:00pm, Friday, January 18th, until 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 22nd, at the following locations:

  • 5th Avenue parking garage
  • State Street parking garage
  • Green Island lot, Front Street lot
  • 5th Avenue & Congress Street lot
  • 4th Street lot (intersection of Ferry and 4th Street)
  • Y-Lot (1st Street between River and State Street).

View a full map of available public parking options, visit

If available, residents are asked to park vehicles in driveways to keep city roadways as clear of obstacles as possible. Your cooperation will assist in keeping our streets open and passable.

Residents are reminded to remove snow and ice from sidewalks and ramps near their home or business. Please help keep our community accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Sidewalks adjacent to properties must be cleared of snow by 10:00am the day following the end of a snowstorm. Do not shovel snow into city streets – this can create a hazard and reduces effectiveness of snow cleanup by City crews.

Help protect your family and neighborhood by shoveling out fire hydrants near your home or business during and after a snowstorm. This will save local emergency personnel valuable time when responding to a possible medical or public safety emergency in your neighborhood.

Snow Emergency

A snow emergency has NOT been declared at this time. Snow emergencies are declared at the discretion of the Mayor approximately eight hours before the measure goes into effect. In the event a snow emergency is announced, news outlets – including print newspapers, radio and television stations –will be immediately notified. Information will also be posted on the city website and social media pages. An emergency will begin at either 8:00 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. and last 48 hours. However, if conditions warrant, an emergency may be extended an additional 48 hours with the odd/even parking restrictions starting over.

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For information or questions in the event of a snow emergency, residents are encouraged to call (518) 274-TROY (8769) for pre-recorded messages, or the DPW dispatcher at (518) 270-4579 for information on vehicle towing, vehicle impound locations and specific street information. View a map of municipal lots and garages by visiting

Holiday Closures; Recycling and Garbage Collection

City officials have announced City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 21st, in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and will reopen on Tuesday, January 22nd at 8:30 a.m.

Regular garbage and recycling collection will be suspended on Monday, January 21st, in observation of the holiday. Monday collection will be collected on Tuesday, January 22nd. Any garbage & recycling not collected on Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday. No bulk pickup will be available on January 21st.

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Press Contact: John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131