Snow Emergencies

Snow emergencies will be declared at the discretion of the Mayor approximately eight hours before the measure goes into effect. In the event that an emergency is announced, news outlets, including print newspapers, radio and television stations will be immediately notified. Information will also be posted on the city website and social media pages. An emergency will begin at either 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. and last 48 hours. However, if conditions warrant, an emergency may be extended an additional 48 hours with the odd/even parking restrictions starting over.

During the first 24 hours of snow emergencies, parking on the odd numbered side of affected roadways will be prohibited (unless otherwise temporarily posted). Parking on the even numbered sides of city streets will be prohibited during the second 24 hours of declared emergencies. Vehicles in violation of these guidelines will receive a parking ticket and will be towed, both at the owner’s expense. 

During a declared Snow Emergency, residents are encouraged to use public parking lots in their neighborhoods. All residents can utilize the 5th Avenue parking garage and the State Street parking garage, along with the City surface parking areas located at the Little Italy Market lot, the Green Island lot, the 5th Avenue & Congress Street lot, the Knickerbacker Ice Facility, the South Troy Pool and the Frear Park Golf Course. For overnight and weekend parking during a Snow Emergency, residents can utilize the 4th Street lot which is between Ferry and Congress, and the Y-Lot which is 1st Street between River and State Street. 

To get information for parking restrictions on designated streets during a Snow Emergency see the City of Troy's Snow Emergency Plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: November 2016

How can I find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared?
There are several ways Troy residents can be notified of a declared snow emergency:

§ Call the Troy Snow Emergency Hotline: (518) 274-TROY [8769]
§ Check the City of Troy’s various social media pages

  “Like” the City of Troy NY’s Facebook page -
  Follow Troy City Hall on Twitter -

§ Watch local television, listen to local radio and monitor regional print outlets (Troy Record, Albany Times Union, etc.)

There are odd and even numbered houses on both sides of my street. Which side should I park my car on?

Temporary snow emergency signs will be posted on non-traditionally ordered streets to designate where vehicles can park during a declared snow emergency. Residents are asked to observe all posted signs when parking their vehicles.

Plowing has been completed on my street. Can I move my car back?

No, vehicles are prohibited from parking in designated areas until signs are removed or the snow emergency has concluded or been cancelled. 

My vehicle was towed during a snow emergency. How do I locate my car?

Residents can call the Troy Police Department to find out where their vehicle has been towed. The Troy Police Department can be reached at (518) 270-4421.

Are there any fees associated with the tow?

Yes, owners of vehicles towed during a declared Snow Emergency will be assessed a $155 towing fee plus $50 for a parking ticket.

My street is not on the designated Snow Emergency Streets list. Will my road still be plowed?

Yes, non-emergency streets will be provided with basic plowing services. Parking restrictions will only be in effect on designated streets included below.

Who is responsible for clearing the sidewalks in front of my residence?

Property owners are responsible for the clearing of sidewalks adjacent to their property. Residents are reminded that sidewalks adjacent to their property must be cleared of snow by 10:00am the day following the end of the storm.

Snow Emergency Streets

Roadways not listed will be provided with normal plowing services.

the Boulevards (101st to 125th)
103rd (River Street to 8th Avenue)
108th Street
112th Street
116th Street
15th Street
1st Street
2nd Avenue
2nd Street
3rd Street
4th Street
5th Avenue (101st to 125th)
8th Street
Brunswick Road
Burdett Avenue
Campbell Avenue
Collins Avenue
Congress Street
Desson Avenue
Division Street
Ferry Street
Hoosick Street
Lansing Avenue
Liberty Street
North Lake Avenue
Oakwood Avenue
Pawling Avenue
Pinewoods Avenue
River Street
South Lake Avenue
Spring Avenue
Stow Avenue
Tibbits Avenue (lower)
Tibbits Avenue (upper)
Walker Avenue
Washington Street
Winter Street

Roadways not listed will be provided with normal plowing services. Central Business District (Federal St. to Ferry St. / Front St. to 7th Ave) parking restrictions will remain in effect as currently posted unless otherwise notified.