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Snow Emergency Routes

A snow emergency occurs when there is a winter weather event and snow and/or ice needs to be cleared off the roads. When a snow emergency is declared, the law requires certain precautions such as prohibited parking on roads/streets designated as snow emergency routes.

The Town of Emmitsburg follows the snow emergency schedule established by Frederick County, which means whenever Frederick County declares a snow emergency, so does the Town. To determine if a snow emergency is in effect, please visit: Maryland Active Snow Emergencies. In addition, you can also sign-up to receive alerts regarding the enactment of snow emergencies at: ALERT Frederick County.

The following areas are designated as snow emergency routes in Emmitsburg and marked by signage. Per section 10.12.120 of the Emmitsburg Municipal Code, the Town is authorized to ticket and/or tow any vehicles parked along these routes at the owner’s expense. If the snow emergency is declared after 6:00 p.m., no ticketing and/or towing will occur till after 8:00 a.m. on the following day. Prohibited parking shall remain in effect until the snow emergency has been lifted by Frederick County.

No parking in these areas during a snow emergency:

  • Main Street (Route 140)
  • Town Square
  • North Seton Avenue
  • South Seton Avenue
  • Southgate cul-de-sacs
  • Northgate cul-de-sacs
  • Emmit Gardens cul-de-sacs
  • Silo Hill cul-de-sacs
  • Brookfield cul-de-sacs
  • Warthens Way cul-de-sacs
  • Waycross Court cul-de-sacs
  • Creamery Way cul-de-sacs

Parking will be allowed in Silo Hill from the area of 2 University Drive to 19 Robindale Drive. Parking will also be allowed on one side of Silo Hill Road and on the northeast side of DePaul Street from 201 DePaul Street to 305 DePaul Street. If you have any questions, please contact the town office at 301-600-6300.

(Snow emergency routes determined in the September 21, 2015 and October 19, 2019 town meetings).


Sidewalk Snow Removal

Per section 12.16.010 of the Emmitsburg Municipal Code, whenever there is a snowfall or freezing rain event in the town, it shall be the responsibility of any property owner with a parcel of real property, bounding upon a sidewalk, to remove the snow and/or ice from the sidewalk within twenty-four (24) hours from the end of the storm and to restore the sidewalk to a condition safe for pedestrians. Failure to clear the sidewalk could result in a municipal infraction and a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day the infraction continues.

Please do not blow/shovel snow into the street. Our Public Works staff work long hours clearing the town streets and blowing/shoveling the snow into the street becomes a driving hazard. In addition, please remove all basketball hoops and other play items from the street or curbside to help with the clearing of our streets.

Image of salt eroding sidewalks PLEASE - NO SALT ON NEW SIDEWALKS!

If the sidewalk adjacent to your property was replaced this year, do not use products containing salt (chloride), magnesium chloride (Mag), or sodium chloride. These items react with the concrete and cause the new sidewalks to scale and delaminate. A lot of the “safe concrete” de-icers have some sort of chloride in them.  Anything with chloride is bad for new concrete. Instead, please use kitty litter, sand or fireplace ashes to de-ice sidewalks. Please also wash or sweep (if cold) any new concrete area that gets salt deposited on it from your car.