Mayor Madden Issues Update on Winter Storm Preparations

Mayor Madden Issues Update on Winter Storm Preparations

For Immediate Release
November 30, 2019

Mayor Madden Issues Update on Winter Storm Preparations

Officials Remind Residents to Review City’s Snow Emergency Plan & Procedures

TROY, NY – With significant snowfall expected to impact the Capital Region this weekend, Mayor Patrick Madden issued an update on the City of Troy’s preparations ahead of Sunday’s winter storm.

Mayor Madden said, “Keeping roadways open and passable is essential during winter storm events, allowing residents and families to travel safely to their destinations and ensuring emergency vehicles and personnel can quickly  respond to calls for assistance. We  ask residents to take appropriate precautions, limit travel when possible, and give our plow vehicles room to clear ice and snow from streets during the storm.”

The City’s Department of Public Works and Public Utilities crews are coordinating on snow preparation efforts. The city will deploy approximately 30 vehicles dedicated to snow plowing and cleanup to keep Troy’s  roads and alleyways clear. Sufficient supply of road salt is available to treat streets ahead of the expected snowfall.

Weather Conditions

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow and possible sleet accumulations. The storm has potential to deliver more than 9 inches of snow, which will impact travel. The Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the Capital District – including Troy – beginning Sunday morning, December 1, through Tuesday morning, December  3.

For more information on local weather conditions, please visit the NWS website at

Snow Emergency Plan

A snow emergency has not been declared at this time (Saturday, Nov. 30th). 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, the public & 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 (see links at bottom of this message).

If a snow emergency is declared, Mayor Madden is reminding Troy residents, families and businesses to review the city’s Snow Emergency rules and procedures.

“Full cooperation from the public is critical to ensure our streets remain safe and clear during snowstorms and winter weather,” added Mayor Madden. “Everyone can do their part by familiarizing themselves with necessary rules and procedures to help City crews quickly and efficiently clear roadways during a declared snow emergency.”

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.

Please review the City’s Snow Emergency procedures (including parking restrictions, garbage collection changes, and public parking options) by visiting

Sign up to receive snow emergency notifications and other announcements from City Hall by visiting

Parking Restrictions

Under a snow emergency, normal parking rules and regulations will be temporarily suspended on designated snow emergency streets only. 

During the first 24 hours of snow emergencies, parking on the odd numbered side of affected roadways will be prohibited (unless otherwise temporarily posted). Parking on the even numbered sides of city streets will be prohibited during the second 24 hours of declared emergencies. Vehicles in violation of these guidelines will receive a parking ticket and will be towed, both at the owner’s expense

Roadways not designated as snow emergency routes will be provided with normal plowing services.

Parking restrictions in the Central Business District (Federal Street to Ferry Street / Front Street to 7th Avenue) will remain in effect as currently posted unless otherwise notified.

To view a full list of designated snow emergency streets, visit

Public Parking

Residents are encouraged to utilize available surface lots and parking structures during a declared snow emergency. Free overnight parking is available from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. in the following locations: 5th Avenue parking garage, State Street parking garage, Little Italy Market lot, Green Island lot, Front Street lot, 5th Avenue & Congress Street lot, 4th Street lot (intersection of Ferry and 4th Street), the Y-Lot which (1st Street between River and State Street), the Knickerbacker Ice Facility, the South Troy Pool and Frear Park Golf Course. 

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 at

Garbage and Recycling Collection

Recycling collection will be suspended during a declared snow emergency. During snow emergencies, residents are asked not to place trash bins in right of ways. Help keep our community accessible by clearing sidewalks of snow and other obstructions.

Sidewalks adjacent to properties must be cleared of snow by 10:00 a.m. 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.

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Press Contact: John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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