How does the City prepare for and execute on a winter storm event? Well, just like you, it begins with monitoring the weather reports. Duration, type, and timing all are predicted and prepared for.
Snow Removal Process
Trucks are geared up, plows mounted, and everyone goes on alert. The below steps ensure that City residents are within 3 or 4 blocks of a treated roadway during the course of the storm and that complete vehicular access is available as soon as possible when the storm is over.
- Once the storm begins, patrols are sent out throughout the City to monitor road conditions.
- The Highway Crew uses liquid calcium chloride to pre-treat bridges and elevated roadways, the most susceptible for freezing, as well as city streets with the highest traffic volume. This process is also termed, "anti-icing."
- Once accumulation begins the major roads (arterial roads, connecting subdivisions or business districts), Snow Emergency Routes, and primary neighborhood streets are treated.
- Primary City roads are plowed, followed by all primary neighborhood streets and other residential streets.
- Hills and intersections are spot treated.
- The whole process gets repeated as needed, until the event has passed and the roads and cleared.
In the event 6" or more of snow is predicted, the Mayor will declare a Snow Emergency. Snow Emergency Routes are clearly marked by signs throughout the City. No parking is allowed on the streets and they are the first to be cleared. When a snow emergency has been declared, you may park your car for free at designated garages.
Time Frame For Snow Removal
Stamford's many roads take time and manpower to treat and clear. Snow fighters work round the clock to clear the roads, working tirelessly until the job is completed and all roads are passable.
- 3" Snowfall: Approximately 16 hours to plow and/or treat every City road ONCE.
- 6" Snowfall: Snow Emergency Declared. Every Road plowed and/or treated within 24 hours.
- 10" Snowfall: Major and primary City roads cleared within 24-36 hours and one pass through neighborhood streets.
- 15" Snowfall: 35-40 hours
- 24" Snowfall: 46-60 hours
Snow Emergency Routes
A Snow Emergency Route is a predefined road with a red and white sign alerting residents not to park in the event of a snow emergency. In the event you need parking, the Bell Street, Summer Street and Bedford Street municipal garages can accommodate vehicles during a snow emergency. Call (203) 977-4140 for details.
Residents living on a snow emergency route may also park on neighboring streets where parking is not prohibited.
Find out which streets are Snow Emergency Routes.
In Case Of Emergency
In the event of an emergency, call 911. The emergency response team works closely with the snow removal crew and will get to you as quickly as possible.
How Residents Can Help
Many times people don't realize that there are things they can do to make a storm event easier on themselves and the crews working for their safety and convenience.
On the road…
- If possible, take mass transit. Fewer cars that are on the roads mean an easier time for the snow fighters.
- If you have to drive make sure you have snow tires or chains and an emergency kit. Stuck and abandoned vehicles cause you an inconvenience and make it harder to clear the roads.
- Don't rush. Take your time, remember others may be having a hard time navigating and let the plow go ahead of you. That road will be a lot easier to go up after a snow fighter has treated it.
- If you have a driveway, use it! Park your vehicles off the road so more snow can be cleared away and your vehicles are less likely to get plowed in, splashed, or hit.
- If you don't have a driveway, park as close as possible to the curb on ONE SIDE OF THE STREET. Park on the EVEN numbered side first, then after the plows go through, move it over to the other side. This way, the plows can open up your road.
- There is nothing worse than shoveling your driveway out only to turn around and watch a City plow push it all back in. To help avoid this, stand facing the street and shovel snow to your right AND NOT to the left or into the street.
Road Condition Communications
- Tune in to WSTC (1400 A.M.) where the City continuously updates Stamford's road conditions or Channel 12 Regional News Network.
- Call the Customer Service Center at 203-977-4140
- For after hours assistance please call the Non-Emergency Police Dispatch at (203) 977-4444
- For city parking garage information during snow emergencies please call 977-4979