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Posted on: February 9, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Update 9:25 AM – City Snow Emergency Plan Lifted at 9:30 AM

Based on the current weather forecast, the City Snow Emergency Plan will be lifted at 9:30 AM today, Tuesday, February 9th.

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Update 9:25 AM – City Snow Emergency Plan Lifted at 9:30 AM

Frederick, MD February 9, 2016 – 9:25 AM: Based on the current weather forecast, the City Snow Emergency Plan will be lifted at 9:30 AM today, Tuesday, February 9th.

Mayor Randy McClement said, “We have been tracking the ever changing weather forecast since Monday afternoon. Based on the initial forecast of 6"-9" of snow, (predicted yesterday to start falling around 9:00 PM last night) I placed the snow emergency plan into effect this morning at Midnight. At 4:00 AM this morning, the snow had yet to start falling in the City and the forecast had drastically changed to 1"-3" of snow possible with the heaviest amounts to fall between 8:00 AM and noon today. Based on the updated weather forecast of only 1"-3" of snow, the City Snow Emergency Plan will be lifted at 9:30 AM.”

As the temperatures are predicted to be above freezing for most of the day, DPW will continue to salt streets. If the snow reaches 2" or greater, plowing operations will begin.

Motorists and pedestrians are advised to exercise caution when driving and/or walking as there could be isolated slick spots throughout the day.

Information regarding inclement weather will be announced via:

• Local radio stations Key 103.1, WFRE 99.9, AM 930 WFMD, 106.9 The Eagle, and WTHU.
• City Television Cable Channel 99
• Local newspaper www.fredericknewspost.com
• The City of Frederick website www.cityoffrederick.com
• Subscribe to "Alert Frederick County" to receive weather information at www.frederickcountymd.gov/alerts
• Call The City of Frederick Emergency Information Phone line at 301.600.1300.

For road conditions call 511, monitor your local media outlets, or go to www.marylandroads.com for current conditions

Frederick, MD – February 9, 2016 5:35 AM: City Government offices will be open and on time today, Tuesday, February 9th.
Non-essential employees will operate under the Liberal Leave Policy. Essential employees for this event must report unless otherwise notified by their supervisor.
Reduced staffing levels of some City offices may occur as a result of today's weather conditions. Citizens are encouraged to confirm their appointments or call ahead to ensure that staff is available to assist them before traveling to a City office.

Motorist and pedestrians are urged to exercise extreme caution when driving or walking as some icy areas may still exist due to the low temperature.
All five City parking garages will be open for FREE parking from 7:00 PM tonight, Monday, February 8th until 7:00 AM on Tuesday, February 9th. Before 7:00 PM today and after 7:00 AM tomorrow, normal parking rates will apply.

PLEASE NOTE - The entrance gates at the parking decks will be DOWN. ALL drivers MUST take a ticket upon enter the parking decks in order to raise the gates. The exits gates will be raised after 7:00 PM tonight and remain raised until 7:00 AM tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9th. If you leave the parking deck after 7:00 AM, you will have to pay before you leave at the pay stations.

City of Frederick Parking Decks are located at:

• Church Street Parking Deck- 17 East Church Street
• Court Street Parking Deck - 2 South Court Street
• Carroll Street Parking Deck - 44 East Patrick Street
• West Patrick Street Deck - 138 West Patrick Street
• East All Saints Street Deck - 125 East All Saints Street

Motorist and pedestrians are urged to exercise extreme caution when driving or walking as some icy areas may still exist due to the low temperature

The Department of Public Works would like to remind residents to be aware of and obey the Restricted Parking designations. The restricted parking areas assure citizens and the DPW Snow 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. As a reminder, parking in a Restricted Parking area at any time, will result in a fine.

Please note the following:

1) Be advised, with the amount and type of snow predicted, driveways WILL be plowed in. Vehicles that remain on the street WILL have large amounts of snow piled around them. Snow plows will come through each street multiple times; it is advised that residents wait until the snowfall ends, before clearing driveway openings and curb cuts.

2) Be aware and alert for possible downed trees and power lines due to the heavy snow. Report downed and low hanging power lines by calling 1-800-686-0011. Do not attempt to cross over or under downed lines.

3) Report downed trees or other NON - EMERGENCIES by calling 301-600-1440.

4) City Code requires all sidewalks to be cleared 12 hours after the snow stops falling. In addition, snow or ice may not be deposited onto and public street or sidewalk.

5) For road conditions, call 511, monitor your local media outlets, or go to www.marylandroads.com for current conditions

6) The City’s priority is to maintain all Snow Emergency Routes. These routes will be cleared first and continually until snowfall slows and other neighborhoods can be reached. Snow emergency routes are as follows:

City of Frederick Snow Emergency Routes
STREET NAME START END
NORTH/SOUTH STREETS

Market Street Route 70 Bridge Route 26
Bentz St/ Motter Ave/Opossumtown Pike West South Street North City Limits
East Street Monocacy Boulevard North Market Street
Baughman's Lane US Route 40 Rosemont Avenue
South Jefferson Street Prospect Boulevard West Patrick Street
Monocacy Boulevard East South Street East Patrick Street
South Market Street Loat's Alley
Monocacy Boulevard Gas House Pike MD Route 15
Gas House Pike/Monocacy Boulevard East Street Church Street
Mill Island Parkway Waterside Drive Monocacy Ford Road

EAST/WEST STREETS

Patrick Street NB Ramp US Route 15 Bailes Lane
South Street/West Patrick Street City Limits Reich's Ford Road
Yellow Springs Road/City Limits N. Bentz Street Rosemont Avenue/Dill Ave
Seventh Street Military Road East Street
Butterfly Lane Mt. Phillip Road Route 180
Military Road West 7th Street Rosemont Avenue
Waterside Drive Monocacy Boulevard City Limits

Clearing Ice & Snow from Sidewalks
It is the responsibility of the resident to clear sidewalks from snow and ice according to Section 22-16 of The City of Frederick, Maryland Code which states within 12 (twelve) hours after snow stops falling, a person owning or occupying a lot or part of a lot abutting a City sidewalk shall remove the snow and ice and clear a path four (4) feet wide or the entire width of the sidewalk, whichever is less.

If a property owner fails to comply with the provisions of Section 22-16 of The City of Frederick, Maryland Code, a fine not exceeding $100.00 may be issued and the snow removed by the City with the resultant costs assessed to the property owner.

For information regarding inclement weather call the City’s Emergency Public Information Line 301-600-1300.

For additional information contact Susan Harding at susan@cityoffrederick.com or 301.600.1385

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