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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Columbus still in Snow Emergency as of Wednesday, Jan. 17; residents asked to move cars off streets


Any vehicle that was tagged Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, and/or parked on a snow route that has not been removed from created windrow from the last snow event will be towed starting tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024.

City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva made the announcement on Wednesday, Jan. 17, noting that Columbus remains in a Snow Emergency status.

"Please be advised, Columbus is still in a Snow Emergency," he said.

What is meant by a "snow emergency"?

When the mayor or public works director declares a snow emergency, it simply means no vehicles may be parked on streets where you see emergency route signs. If necessary, the snow emergency may be extended to prohibit or restrict parking on arterial and residential streets. Typically a Snow Emergency is based on wind, ice and snowfall forecast of 8 inches or more.

No parking is allowed at all on cul-de-sacs and emergency snow routes.  On all residential streets, it is strongly encouraged that citizens park off of the street if possible.  This allows for more efficient snow removal by City Crews.

The City also requests No-Parking on thoroughfares and arterials, and the following streets and avenues.

48th Avenue

38th Street

33rd Avenue

27th Street

26th Avenue

23rd Street

23rd Avenue

19th Street

18th Avenue

15th Street

12th Avenue

8th Street

3rd Avenue

6th Street

Howard Boulevard

1st Street

In a Snow Emergency, citations will be issued to those who have their vehicles parked along the Emergency Snow Routes of 15th Street from 23rd Avenue to 10th Avenue, and 17th Street from 23rd Avenue to 10th Avenue.

Citizens are also reminded that as per Section 92.30 of the City Code, it is the responsibility of the owner and/or occupant of real estate to remove snow and/or ice from sidewalks within 24 hours after the cessation of precipitation.

Despite all the recent winter storms, Mother Nature appears to not be finished. The National Weather Service is projecting more snow for the area on Thursday, Jan. 18,, with blustery conditions and snow accumulation of 1-3 inches possible.

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