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Winter Storm Viola to Impact Gettysburg

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Gettysburg – effective through 10:00 AM on Friday, February 19, 2021. TOTAL storm accumulations will range from 6 inches if sleet mixes in to 9 inches if the precipitation remains all snow.

Mayor Streeter will likely issue a snow emergency for Gettysburg Borough Thursday morning. Once Issued, the snow emergency will remain in effect until 8:00 AM Saturday Morning, February 20, 2021.


The impacts of this storm are expected to be disruptive with dangerous travel conditions on snow covered roads and low visibility. Travel on Borough roads is not advised during the height of the storm. Snowfall rates may be 1″ per hour during the height of the storm.

Borough Staff have been coordinating efforts to prepare Gettysburg for the storm and are mobilizing to respond to it. The Public Works Department will be on duty throughout the duration of the storm and until streets and alleys are passable again following the storm. The Borough relies on the understanding, patience, and cooperation of its residents during and after the storm as the public works department is working with a significantly reduced staff currently.

Main roadways and emergency routes will be the priority, while side streets and alleys will take the longest to clear of snow. The Borough asks for the public’s patience as the Borough’s crews work to keep roads and alleys passable.

All vehicles must be removed from snow emergency routes during a declared snow emergency – enforcement to remove vehicles from snow emergency routes will begin once the snow emergency is declared.  It is advisable to move vehicles before the storm begins. See the attached press release for a listing of snow emergency routes.

No vehicles may be parked on a snow emergency route at any time the snow emergency is in effect.

  • Removal of any vehicle along a snow emergency route is required. The Borough reserves the right to tow vehicles along a snow emergency route at the owner’s expense. Violators may also be subject to a fine. This action is crucial in order to adequately clear snow from curb to curb.

Residents are encouraged to park vehicles at the Racehorse Alley (RHA) Parking Garage or at the Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA) on Long Lane until the snow emergency is lifted. Parking fees and parking enforcement are suspended in the RHA Garage until 8:00 AM Saturday, February 20, 2021.

ALL residents and businesses (property owners) are responsible for clearing their sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of precipitation. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in a fine.

Additionally, it is unlawful to place snow/ice in the street. Snow/ice must be cleared to a location other than a street. Gettysburg Police will be prepared to cite violators.

The Borough also asks that residents clear snow from the areas surrounding fire hydrants. This allows the fire department better ability to timely respond to a fire emergency should one arise.

Information on the storm and the snow emergency will be updated on the Borough’s website. This information can be obtained at www.GettysburgPA.gov .

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