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Snow events

Help keep streets and sidewalks safe and clear during snow and ice events. To start, clear sidewalks and move vehicles and dumpsters from snow emergency routes.

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Sidewalk snow removal

Snow removal rules

  • Remove snow from sidewalk within six hours after snowfall stops.
  • Clear a path at least 36 inches wide on your sidewalk.
  • Be sure to include curb cuts when you shovel.
  • Do not shovel or sweep the snow into the street.

Penalty for uncleared sidewalk

  • Minimum of $50, but up to $300 for each violation

View more details in the Philadelphia Code 10-720.

Report an uncleared sidewalk

Snow emergency routes

What’s a snow emergency route?

There are 110 miles of snow emergency routes in Philadelphia. These routes must be clear when there’s a winter storm, so that snow plows can pass through.

Snow emergency routes are marked with large red signs reading “Snow Emergency Route” in white letters.

Snow emergency routes map

Check out the route map or view a list of snow emergency routes.

What happens during a snow emergency?

The City declares a snow emergency when winter storms are expected to create dangerous conditions for vehicles or pedestrians.

Once the City declares a snow emergency, owners of vehicles and dumpsters parked along snow emergency routes must move them to alternate parking spaces until the emergency has been declared over.

  • If you do not move your vehicle or dumpster, you may be ticketed and your vehicle or dumpster may be towed.
  • Vehicles that cannot move under their own power are not exempt.

Motorists may drive on snow emergency routes as long as their vehicles are equipped to handle adverse conditions. Vehicles that stall or become stuck along snow emergency routes may be towed or fined.

What to do if your car has been towed?

If your vehicle has been towed from a snow emergency route:

  • Call (215) 686-SNOW.
  • Do not call 911.
  • Be prepared to provide information to identify your vehicle.
  • Learn more about snow emergencies in the Philadelphia Code (12-2500).

Salting and plowing operations

Response categories

The Department of Streets’s Highway Division maintains 2,525 miles of City roads and 50 State roads in Philadelphia. Salting and plowing operations during a winter weather event depend upon the amount of snow that sticks.

Snow amount Treatment Map of treatment areas
Less than 1 inch Salt bridges and primary roadways (major arterial roads and emergency snow routes)
1-3 inches
  • Salt primary and secondary routes (streets that provide access to schools, business areas, grocery stores, and service stations)
  • Depending on conditions, residential streets that are on steep hills may also be salted
Level 2 service map
3-5 inches
  • Salt and plow:
    • Primary and secondary streets
    • Residential streets on hills
    • One lane of high elevation residential streets
  • Snow lifting/melting operations proceed in central business district
Level 3 service map
5 or more inches
  • Salt and plow all City streets, including:
    • Plowing and salting one lane of all residential streets
    • Clearing intersections
    • Treating commercial corridors
  • If the temperature is below freezing, Streets will use contractors to clear snow in neighborhoods with smaller streets.
Level 4 service map

Removal status

Visit StreetSmartPHL and click on PlowPHL to view the status of salting and plowing operations during a winter weather event.

Contact Philly311 for salting and plowing requests.

Weather alerts

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Prepare for winter weather events