Gaithersburg Declares Snow Emergency Wednesday Ahead of Storm

Local weather reports have indicated the possibility of a significant snowfall beginning early Thursday morning, Feb. 18. The City of Gaithersburg is preparing for snow clearing operations and is asking residents to make preparations now, especially moving cars from roadways so that snow removal can be done as efficiently as possible.

Gaithersburg City Manager Tanisha Briley has issued a Snow Emergency effective at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. 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. A list of Snow Emergency routes can be found in the Map Gallery on the City’s website.

The city asks residents who are not on a snow emergency route, to please use off-street parking, if available, beginning Wednesday evening to allow road crews to remove snow and ice more thoroughly and quickly. If you must park on the street, please park close to the curb, and avoid parking in cul-de-sacs.

Residents are responsible for clearing all sidewalks abutting their property. If there is a fire hydrant on your property, please dig it out and mark it with a stake if possible. Click here for more snow preparedness tips.

At this time recycling will take place as scheduled, as will bulk pick-up for those with appointments. Note that service may be impacted if conditions deteriorate.

Additional information about closures and conditions in Gaithersburg will be posted on the City’s website at During weather emergencies, please direct questions and concerns to or call 301-258-6370.

Residents should report power outages directly to their local power company:

Downed Trees:
Call 911 if live wires are involved, the tree is blocking a roadway, is on a structure, or someone is trapped.

Downed trees on public roads and property:

  • Gaithersburg residents call the Department of Public Works 301-258-6370 during business hours, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.  After hours please e-mail
  • Montgomery County residents call 311 (240-777-0311 from a cell phone) or file a report at

To report trees down in city roadways and on public property, residents should call 301-258-6370. Call 911 if live wires are involved, or if the tree has trapped someone or is blocking a roadway or a structure. For downed trees on public property outside the city, Montgomery County residents should call 311 (240-777-0311 from a cell phone), or file a report at


City of Gaithersburg:

City of Gaithersburg Twitter and Facebook: @GburgMD

Gaithersburg Police Twitter: @GPDNews

Alert Gaithersburg System:

Winter preparedness tips:

Emergency Requests/Information:

  • 911 for a life-threatening emergency; this includes downed electric wires
  • 301-279-8000 for police-related non-emergency calls.
  • 311 (240-777-0311 from a cell phone) for questions regarding Montgomery County Government services, programs and/or issues. Online:

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