How is a Snow Emergency declared?

The City Manager, in conjunction with the Director of Public Works, Police Chief, additional Public Safety and other department heads, determine that conditions exist that would warrant a Snow Emergency and reports same to the Mayor. The Snow Emergency shall go into effect four (4) hours after declaration. (City Codified Ordinances, Part 5, Title 3-Traffic Regulations, Article 527.02)

Please note that the City and surrounding municipalities do not always declare snow emergencies at the same time. Check with your local news media or on the city’s website ( to see if the City of Suffolk has called a Snow Emergency.

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1. What happens when it starts to snow?
2. How is a Snow Emergency declared?
3. When will treatment of streets and roadways begin?
4. What is used to pre-treat the roads?
5. Who do I call to get my street plowed?
6. Why does the plow not remove all of the snow from my road?
7. How do you decide what streets are on these main plow/salt routes?
8. What if I live in a townhouse or condominium complex?
9. Who is responsible for clearing snow from the sidewalks in my neighborhood?
10. Can I park my car on the street during a snow storm?
11. Who do I contact in cases of Snow Plow Damage?
12. Why do I not see a plow/salt truck on my street when it snows?
13. I only have on-street parking. Why do you always plow snow against my car?
14. I once saw a snow plow parked in a restaurant parking lot during a bad snow storm. Why was it there instead of on the streets working?
15. I have a medical condition. Can you plow my street in case there is an emergency and an ambulance needs to get through?
16. Why do the plows always push snow into my driveway?
17. How much does the City spend on winter control annually?