Snow Emergency Declared in Gaithersburg

snowsceneUPDATED The snow emergency expired at 6 a.m. on Jan. 22.


With local weather reports indicating the possibility of significant snowfall through Tuesday evening, Gaithersburg City Manager Tony Tomasello has issued a “Snow Emergency” effective at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21.

Mandatory removal of cars from snow emergency routes and cul-de-sacs will be in effect during the snow emergency. Failure to comply could result in ticketing or towing.

The City will be strictly enforcing no parking during snow emergency throughout the event. Notification of the lifting of the “Snow Emergency” will be made on the City’s website.

Residents are also reminded of Gaithersburg’s Streets and Sidewalks Ordinance (Chapter 19-1), which requires residents, property managers and businesses to clear snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property within twelve hours of the last snowfall or freeze. This is often easier to accomplish if done during or immediately following the weather event.

Regular recycling will be held as scheduled on Wednesday, January 22 pending an assessment of weather conditions in the morning. Cancellations will be noted on the City’s website. If recycling is cancelled on January 22, the make-up date will be Saturday, January 25. During inclement weather residents are encouraged to hold their recyclables for their next scheduled collection date. Residents who do put out recyclables are asked not to put containers in areas that would interfere with snow plowing.

The Mayor and City Council meeting scheduled for January 21 is cancelled. Other snow emergency information and facility closures will be posted on the City’s website at Notifications will also be posted on the City’s cable television station, viewable within the City limits on Comcast and RCN Channel 13 and on Verizon FiOS Channel 25. For regional emergency communications, please visit

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