Gettysburg Declares Snow Emergency

The National Weather Service in State College, PA has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Gettysburg Borough. Plan on slippery road conditions and brief period of heavy wet snow that may fall at rates of 1-2 inches per hours at times. Snow will impact the morning commute throughout Gettysburg and Adams County. Poor road conditions are expected to remain through early afternoon Tuesday. It is anticipated that a Snow Emergency Declaration will be made for Gettysburg Borough if current weather forecasts continue. Preparation for an anticipated snow emergency declaration should be made prior to the onet of snowfall in the early morning hours.

WHAT:
Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches, with locally higher amounts on hilltops around Gettysburg Borough. A Snow Emergency Declaration will go into effect when 2 inches of snow has accumulated on roadways. Rain will change to snow around dawn.

snow day W. Middle St

WHEN:
Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 2:00 AM Tuesday, February 13, 2024 to 1:00 PM Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

IMPACTS:
Slippery, snow and slush-covered roads.

Once a Snow Emergency Declaration is issued by Gettysburg Borough, ALL vehicles must be removed from snow emergency routes during a declared snow emergency. Enforcement to remove vehicles from snow emergency routes begin once a snow emergency is declared. 

In a snow emergency, all 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.

The following information is important for all residents and businesses to know:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. No vehicles may be parked on a snow emergency route at any time the snow emergency is in effect. NOTE: Removal of vehicles 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
  5. 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 during a declared snow emergency. Normal parking fees and enforcement will resume once the snow emergency is lifted – which will be 24-hours after the expiration of the Winter Weather Advisory issued by the National Weather Service (1:00 PM, February 14, 2024).
  6. Clearing of Sidewalks: Everyone who owns or is otherwise in charge or control of any building or lot of land fronting or abutting on a sidewalk, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee or licensee, shall remove and clear away or cause to be removed or cleared away snow and/or ice in order to create a path for the reasonably safe passage of pedestrians of at least 30 inches in width within so much of said sidewalk as is in front of or abuts on said building or lot of land.  Please visit this link (https://ecode360.com/2735670) to see specifically how much time you have to remove snow/ice based on where your property is located.  Time for removal starts after precipitation has stopped falling.  Near the center of town has 12 hours; outside of that has 24 hours.
  7. Snow Emergency Routes are:
     
Street NameSideLocation
Barlow StreetNorthFrom Hazel Alley to Markley Alley
Breckenridge StreetNorthFrom Baltimore Street to South Franklin Street
Highland AvenueBothFrom Johns Avenue to Queen Street
Hillcrest PlaceBothFrom Locust Street to its terminus
Howard AvenueWestFrom Buford Avenue to West High Street
Lincoln SquareBothEntire Length
West Middle StreetBothFrom Baltimore Street to Borough limit
Seminary AvenueSouthFrom Buford Avenue to North Hay Street
South StreetNorthFrom Baltimore Street to South Washington Street
Springs AvenueNorthFrom West Street to Reynolds Avenue
Springs AvenueSouthFrom West Street to the Tiber (Stevens Run)
Village DriveBothIn the cul-de-sac only
South Wshington StreetWestFrom South Street in a southerly direction to a point 90 feet south of the southernmost access driveway entrance of the Gettysburg Hospital on and adjacent to South Washington Street

The following information is important for all residents and businesses to know:

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