Mayor Madden Issues Update on Winter Weather Preparations

Mayor Madden Issues Update on Winter Weather Preparations

For Immediate Release
January 17, 2019

Mayor Madden Issues Update on Winter Weather Preparations

Officials Remind Residents to Review Snow Emergency Plan

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

Mayor Madden said, “Keeping our city’s roadways open and passable is essential during winter storms, allowing residents and families to travel safely to their destinations and ensuring emergency vehicles and personnel can respond quickly to calls for assistance. We ask residents to take appropriate precautions, reduce speed when traveling, and give our plow vehicles room to clear ice and snow from streets across Troy.”

The City’s Department of Public Works and Public Utilities Crews are coordinating on preparation efforts. The city will deploy approximately 30 vehicles dedicated to snow plowing and cleanup to keep Troy’s approximately 150 miles of roads and alleyways clear. Sufficient supply of road salt is available to treat streets ahead of the weekend’s expected snowfall.

Weather Conditions

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Watch ahead of potentially significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. The Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the Capital District – including Troy – beginning Saturday afternoon, January 19th, through Sunday evening, January 20th. Heavy snow is possible, with potential for more than 9 inches of snow accumulations. High winds may also impact the region, with gusts nearing 30 mph. For more information on local weather conditions, please visit the NWS website at

Snow Emergency Plan

Additionally, Mayor Madden is reminding Troy residents and families 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. “Residents can do their part by familiarizing themselves with necessary rules and procedures to help the Department of Public Works and Public Utilities crews quickly and efficiently clear city roadways during a declared 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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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 by visiting

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.

Extreme Cold

During periods of extreme cold temperatures, Troy residents are reminded to take the following preventative measures to prevent interior household pipes from freezing:

  • Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature for both day and night, even when you are not home;
  • Close all exterior doors, including garage doors and other exterior entryways;
  • Open hot & cold faucets to a slow drip during the coldest time of the day or night;
  • Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow heat to reach un-insulated pipe near exterior walls. Don’t forget to remove any stored household cleaners and chemicals out of the reach of children; and
  • Know the location of your internal shut off valves in case of a leak or frozen pipe.

If a pipe is found to have frozen, keep the faucet(s) open and contact a licensed plumber immediately. If a household water pipe bursts, turn off the water at the internal shut-off valve immediately.

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Press Contact: John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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