News Release -- Please Be Advised

City of Rochester

News Release

(Monday, Feb. 11, 2019) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren is asking motorists to use extra caution during the morning commute tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

A winter storm warning will be in effect from 3 a.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m., Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Widespread snow will develop Tuesday morning, which will change to a wintery mix later in the day. Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will result in slippery roads and limited visibilities.

“It is challenging to plow roads in heavy commuter traffic,” Mayor Warren said. “I ask all of our motorists to slow down, be patient and give themselves plenty of time to get where they need to go. As always, I would like to thank our snow plow operators and first responders who work tirelessly during winter weather to keep our roads open and families safe.”

Residents can track snow plow progress in real time at

Residents should be mindful of fire hazards while heating their homes, and if they smell gas they should immediately leave the building and call 911. Space heaters should be placed at least 3 feet away from flammable objects. Do not use your stove or oven to heat your home.

City 911 and 311 call centers see a high call volume during weather events. To avoid phone lines being overwhelmed, citizens are asked to call 911 only if they are in need of police, fire or ambulance services, and 311 for questions about City services.

Citizens are reminded that it is their obligation to keep sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses clear. For citizens with disabilities, just one inch of snow on the sidewalk can drastically impede movement. They are also asked to keep fire hydrants clear, and are reminded that it is illegal to shovel or plow snow into the street or public right of way, which may result in ticketing.

The city’s snow removal policies can be found at


News Media: For more information contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo at 428-7135.