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This is your source of information on what to do during a winter storm.


Current Weather Information

City of Rochester Declares State of Emergency in Response to Water Main Break and Impending Inclement Weather

The National Weather Service has issued a Storm Warning for Rochester and Monroe County until 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25.

Mayor Malik Evans declared a State of Emergency in Rochester in response to the winter storm and the boil-water notice associated with the catastrophic water-main break near West Main and Ford Streets. The Boil-water notice remains in effect for a large portion of the city, primarily on the west side. The City is also working closely with RG&E to ensure residents within the boil-water notice area receive priority service in the event of a power outage.

County Executive Adam Bello has also declared a Countywide State of Emergency and City residents who require assistance are also encouraged to take advantage of County-provided services. County employees, for instance, are providing assistance to residents who request overnight shelter due to the storm. 

Latest News:

 (Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022) – The boil water notice that had been in effect for large parts of Rochester as a result of a water main break on Favor Street near West Main and Ford Streets has been lifted and tap water is now safe to drink in all parts of the city. Learn more>> 

(Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022) -- Due to weather conditions, the City ice rinks at Genesee Valley Park and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park are closed today. The rinks will operate under special hours during the Christmas and New Year's Holiday weekends. Learn more>> 

(Friday, Dec. 23, 2022) – With the exception of the David F. Gantt R-Center, all remaining City R-Centers are closed today due to the impending snow storm.  The Gantt R-Center has been converted to a Warming Center until 9 p.m. tonight; and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. City residents who require overnight shelter will be transported to Monroe County emergency shelters. Learn more>>

(Friday, Dec. 23, 2022) – Due to the impending snow storm, many non-uniform City facilities including City Hall will be closed today. Learn more>>

 (Thursday,Dc. 22, 2022) -- Mayor Malik D. Evans today announced he has issued a state of emergency in response to last night’s catastrophic water main break, the resulting boil water advisory, and the impending winter storm. Learn more>>

During Snow events, please remember:

  • Observe alternate side parking regulations on residential streets so plows have room to maneuver. One vehicle parked on the wrong side of the road can delay a plow run for an entire street. Learn more>>
  • Track City plows in real time with PlowTrax
  • Keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice. The City provides supplemental plowing when the 4 inches of show has accumulated. Per City Code, property owners are required to keep the side walk in front of their property clear. Learn more>>
  • Facilitate refuse and recycling collection. Snow can reduce the traversable width of a road, which means refuse and recycling trucks are closer the center and more likely to impede traffic. On collection date, keep  toters out of the road and space the the green and blue containers at least 1 foot apart so the driver has room to lift them with the service arm.
  • Be a good neighbor: Consider clearing snow from area around a fire hydrant, bus stops and sidewalk handicap ramps near you home. 

In the event of an emergency requiring police, fire or an ambulance, dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial 311.

Calling 311 During Winter Weather

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311 can provide:

  • A live representative to provide assistance
  • Information on City snow and ice control procedures
  • Information on property owner's responsibilities for sidewalk shoveling
  • If a plow run in currently in progress, information on the status of plow runs, including:
    • Where the plows have been
    • The ability to put in a request for unresolved conditions if the plow has already serviced a street
    • The ability to put in a request for snow removal at any time for hazardous or unsafe conditions
    • The ability to report any compliments or complaints about City service
    • Contact information for County and State DOT for streets not maintained by the City 
    • Information on a vehicle location in the event it is towed
  • Information on how to register cell phones for 911 notification
  • Information on how to find your vehicle if it has been towed in the event of a snow emergency or weather event. Please be prepared to provide information on vehicle description, plate number and last-known location. If you suspect your vehicle was stolen, call 911. 

311 cannot provide:

Plow Trax

PlowTrax is an online map showing where plows have been during a snow event.

Learn more and use the map at

Clear the Snow So All Can Go

The City is stressing the importance of sidewalk snow shoveling. For people with physical disabilities, even 1 inch of snow on the sidewalk can drastically impede movement. Please clear the snow so all can go! Per City Code, it is the responsibility of property owners to remove snow from the sidewalk in front of their property. The City plows sidewalks when 4 inches of new snow has accumulated.  

Learn more at

Adopt a Hydrant

Adopt-a-Hydrant is an interactive online map that gives users the opportunity to “adopt” a fire hydrant near their home or business and take responsibility to keep it clear of snow and ice. 

Learn more and visit the Adopt-a-Hydrant map at

Heat Sweep

A Heat Sweep is enacted when temperatures drop to below normal and it is anticipated that citizens may need shelter from the cold due to a variety of conditions such as power outages, closed or blocked roads and broken furnaces. The Heat Sweep Program, in partnership with the American Red Cross of Greater Rochester, provides temporary emergency shelter at select City R-Centers.

During a Heat Sweep, the Red Cross is in contact with established shelters and community organizations to help meet the needs of the homeless.

The Red Cross suggest that families make a communications plan in the event that power or cell signals go out, keep a first aid kit and an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency without power. Winterize homes and vehicles, and bring pets inside. More guidance can be found at

Parking Emergencies

In the event of a Parking Emergency, the City will announce special parking instructions media broadcasts. Following parking rules enables plows to keep streets clear and hazard-free, and helps parkers avoids possible fines or towing fees.

Learn winter and snow parking rules at