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Snow events

The Department of Streets, residents, and businesses keep streets and sidewalks clear and safe during snow events.

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Salting and plowing operations

Removal status

To view the status of salting and plowing operations during a winter weather event, visit StreetSmartPHL and click on PlowPHL.

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Treatment levels

Salting and plowing operations during a winter weather event depend upon the amount of snow that sticks.

Snow amount Treatment
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
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
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.

View snow accumulation service maps for these treatment levels.


Removal requests

Contact Philly311 for salting and plowing requests.


Snow emergency routes

Philadelphia’s snow emergency routes must be clear when there’s a winter storm, so that snow plows can pass through.

Visit the snow emergency routes page to learn:

  • Rules related to snow emergency routes.
  • What to do if your vehicle has been towed from a snow emergency route.
  • Which Philadelphia streets are snow emergency routes.

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.
  • Do not shovel or sweep the snow into the street.

Snow removal tips

  • Be sure to include curb cuts when you shovel.
  • Clear snow from neighborhood sewer drains to allow melting snow to drain.
  • Keep fire hydrants clear. Shovel three to five feet around your block’s hydrant so firefighters can gain access safely during an emergency response.

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


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