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Posted on: December 15, 2020

Snow Emergency Declared in The City of Frederick

City Closes Offices Wed, 12/16

Mayor O’Connor has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY in The City of Frederick in anticipation of Winter Storm Gail. The emergency will go into effect at 8AM tomorrow, Wednesday, December 16, 2020. City offices/facilities and non-essential operations will be closed. All Parks and Recreation programs and classes will be canceled at the Talley Recreation Center and the Trinity Recreation Center.

The City’s priority during a snow event is to ensure clearing and maintenance of all Snow Emergency Routes.  These routes will be cleared first and continually maintained until snowfall slows. Secondary and neighborhood roads will be addressed at that time. Please view additional reminders and conditions of the snow emergency plan below. 


  • Vehicles must be removed from designated Snow Emergency Routes by 10AM Wed, 12/16/2020. Restricted parking designations on snow emergency routes will be enforced. The restricted parking areas assure citizens and the Department of Public Works plow teams that the designated areas will be open and available for use to push and/or haul snow from streets if the need arises. Parking in a restricted parking area on a snow emergency route during a snow emergency will result in being towed at the owner's expense.
  • Street maintenance schedules will be suspended through Friday, December 18, 2020, and parking restrictions designated for street maintenance will not be enforced during that period.
  • The Downtown City Parking Garages will be open for free off-street parking starting at 7PM tonight, Tuesday, December 15, 2020.  Downtown residents without off-street parking are encouraged to move vehicles to one of the five public parking garages after 7PM this evening through the duration of the winter storm.  All vehicles parked in a garage must be moved by Friday, December 18th at 8AM to avoid paying a parking fee.


To remain informed during this snow emergency, the City encourages the following: 


  • In the case of extremely heavy snowfalls, private driveways may be plowed in.   Vehicles that remain on the street will have large amounts of snow piled around them.  Snowplows will come through each street multiple times; it is advised that residents wait until the snowfall ends before clearing driveway openings and curb cuts.
  • Property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the sidewalks around their property within 12 hours after snow stops falling. A person owning or occupying a lot or part of a lot abutting a City sidewalk must remove the snow and ice and clear a path 4 feet wide or the entire width of the sidewalk, whichever is less. If a property owner fails to comply, a fine not exceeding $100 may be issued and the snow removed by the city with the resultant costs assessed to the property owner. 
  • Be aware and alert for possible downed trees and power lines due to the heavy snow.   Do not attempt to cross over or under downed lines. 
    1. Report downed and low hanging power lines by calling 1-800-686-0011   
    2. Report downed trees or other NON-EMERGENCIES by calling 301-600-1440

The City of Frederick thanks residents for their patience during this weather event as the City remains committed to COVID-19 precautions and safety measures. Please stay safe. 

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