Snow Emergency Routes & Winter Weather


Snow Emergency Routes – Lancaster Township Supervisors enacted and/or modified ordinances providing for the declaration of snow emergencies, parking & driving restrictions, and designated snow emergency routes

  • § 263-56. Declaration of snow and ice emergency: In order to facilitate the movement of traffic and to combat the hazards of snow/ice on the snow emergency routes, the Board of Supervisors may declare a snow and ice emergency. Information on the existence as well as termination of a snow emergency may be given by the township through radio, newspaper or other available media.
  • § 263-57. Parking and driving restrictions: It shall be unlawful, at any time during the continuance of the emergency, for any person to park a vehicle or to allow that vehicle to remain parked anywhere on any snow emergency route designated, or to drive any vehicle on any snow emergency route unless that vehicle is equipped with snow tires or chains.
  • § 263-58. Snow Emergency Routes: The following streets or parts of streets are hereby designated as snow emergency routes. There shall be no parking, standing, etc., during any declared snow emergency.
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  • The following cul-de-sacs or dead-end roads listed are hereby designated as snow emergency routes. There shall be no parking, no standing, etc., during any declared emergency.
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Snow Emergency PenaltiesIf at any time during a snow emergency a person parks or allows a vehicle to remain parked on a snow emergency route, or a person drives on a snow emergency route without snow tires or chains, that person shall be guilty of a violation and penalties will be enforced.

Ordinances & Plowing/Shoveling – When it snows—do not shovel, push, snow blow, or plow snow into the streets.

  • Ordinance No. 3 of 1987 prohibits the shoveling of snow onto a roadway. When clearing snow from sidewalks or driveways, be sure to pile it on your property, not in the street.
  • Ordinance No. 1 of 2014 requires residents to remove snow within 48 hours after snow or sleet has ceased to fall, and to cover the sidewalk with ice control materials in the event of ice and sleet.
  • Ordinance No. 2 of 2014 added provisions relating to parking and snow emergency routes. 

SNOWSTORMS & PLOWING – During a snowstorm, while the snow is still falling, the road crew makes what we call an “emergency pass”—that is plowing in two directions up and down the street to allow for the passage of emergency vehicles. After the snow stops falling, the crew will return to widen the streets for on-street parking, and allow room for future storms.

Please remove vehicles from the street, if possible, to allow plows to get close to the edge of the road in order to get the road as wide as possible. It is recommended that reflective markers be placed along your yard in non-curbed areas. It is impossible for the plow driver to determine where the road edge is and your lawn edge begins.

Sometimes mailboxes are toppled or damaged by the snowplow if they are too close to the road edge or mounted poorly. Even properly installed mailboxes can be damaged by heavy wet snow that comes off the plow more forcefully. Every effort is made by our operators to avoid or minimize damage to property; however the repair of mailboxes, lawn areas, trees and/or shrubbery planted on the right-of-way is the responsibility of the property owner.


  • Snow should be plowed or shoveled to the side of the driveway away from the flow of traffic.
  • Clearing snow for a distance before the driveway will allow the plow to unload before reaching the driveway entrance.
  • Eliminate snow piles at driveway entrances. They may obstruct a motorist’s vision on the main road as well as those exiting the driveway.
  • Please assist the fire and highway departments by clearing snow away from fire hydrants and opening up storm inlets to allow the melting snow a place to go and avoid possible flooding of the roadway.
  • Do not throw snow on to roads after they have been plowed. This creates hazardous driving conditions, and is against the law.

During inclement weather, storms, or any unusual situation, check the following for updates: