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City Announces Preparations for Winter Storm
 A Snow Emergency will be declared for the City of Philadelphia beginning at 6 p.m. today, Sunday, January 31. A Snow Emergency means all parked vehicles must be moved off Snow Emergency routes for plowing. When moving your car, park as far from the corner of the street as possible; vehicles parked too close to the corner get in the way of snowplows trying to turn corners. See more snow operation details at here.

Snow Emergency information can be found at here. Vehicles left on Snow Emergency routes will be moved to other parking spots to assist in snow plowing operations. If your car is moved, call 215-686-SNOW (7669), and press option 4, to find it. Do NOT call 911.


  • Do not shovel or plow snow into the street including bike lanes. This practice is illegal, unsafe and hinders snow operations. The penalty for violating this can range from $50 to $300 for each violation. 
  • Clear a sidewalk path at least 36 inches wide within six hours of the end of the storm. 
  • Clear snow from neighborhood sewer drains to allow melting snow to drain. 
  • Motorists should allow extra time, exercise patience and maintain safe driving distances.  

Sanitation and Recycling Collections: Due to the amount of snow accumulations expected, Sanitation crews and equipment will be diverted to snow operations. Therefore, all trash and recycling collections will be suspended on Monday, February 1. This means, residents whose normal trash day is Monday must hold their materials for collections until next Monday, February 8.  

Based on the additional accumulations expected Monday, Tuesday’s collections are also suspended. Sanitation crews and equipment will continue to be needed as part of our snow fighting efforts. Residents whose normal trash day is Tuesday must hold their materials for collections until next Tuesday, February 9th.  Once collections do begin, there will be no driveway collections this week. All materials must be set out in front of homes at the curb. We want to prevent Sanitation trucks from getting stuck in compacted snow in the driveways.

Sanitation Convenience Centers will be closed to the public on Monday, February 1 as crews will be working snow duty. Center operations will resume on Tuesday, February 2 with normal hours of 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The centers are open through Saturday. Visit for locations.