News Release -- City of Rochester Storm Update

City of Rochester

News Release

(Tuesday, March 14, 2017) – The City of Rochester continues to monitor the winter weather conditions as New York State remains under a State of Emergency. While Rochester has not seen the accumulation that other areas have, Mayor Lovely A. Warren urges residents to avoid unnecessary travel and use caution while out on the roads.

The R-Centers will not open today, with the exception of the David F. Gantt Center which will remain open as an emergency shelter and all libraries will close at 3.

A residential plow run is underway and a sidewalk run is scheduled for late afternoon and evening. Residents can check on snow plow status with the new PlowTrax app,

Mayor Warren asks residents on the road during the evening commute to take their time, give snow plows plenty of space to do their jobs, and adhere to alternate side parking regulations.

Mayor Warren is asking that residents remember the following:


  • PlowTrax, the City’s snow plow tracker application, will be up and running, so residents can check our plowing progress in real time. Plows will be able to do their job faster if residents give them plenty of space to do their jobs. For more: 
  • Strictly observe alternate side parking regulations to allow our plows clear passage.
  • Monitor the news for travel advisories, closures, cancellations and refuse delays.
  • While the storm warning is in effect, it is strongly advised that residents avoid unnecessary travel. If you do need to be on the roads, please give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go, drive carefully and be safe.
  • The City of Rochester provides sidewalk plowing to assist residents during a substantial winter storm. The City plows sidewalks when 4 inches of new snow has accumulated. Property owners are responsible to remove any remaining snow and ice.
  • When snow has accumulated, place your refuse and recycling containers at the edge of your driveway or on a shoveled path. Do not put them on top of snow banks or in the street or sidewalk.
  • Please keep your fire hydrants clear in the event of an emergency.
  • Bring your pets inside.
  • Stay safe by making sure you have enough gas, food and warm clothes and blankets in preparation for the storm. Residents should also consider having a communication plan for families and loved ones, especially the sick and elderly, in order determine how to contact one another and what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Shoveling or plowing snow from private property onto sidewalks, roads or fire hydrants is illegal.



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