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Snow Emergency Declared in West Chester

Free parking will be provided for residents who need to move their cars.

The West Chester borough government has declared a snow emergency in West Chester, according to a release from borough managers Ernie McNeely.

The warning is in place until 12 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

"Residents and businesses should recall and be aware of snow emergency procedures and regulations," the release states. 

The full release is posted below:

In a snow emergency vehicles parked along snow emergency routes must be moved or they will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.   

Additionally, snow emergency declaration information can be obtained by calling the West Chester Public Works Department 610-696–5282 and the West Chester Police Department 610-696-2700.  

Snow emergency routes are marked with red and white signs and include portions of streets such as High Street, Gay Street, Market Street, Price Street, Chestnut Street, Marshall Street, Wayne Street, Hannum Avenue, Church Street, Walnut Street, Miner Street, Rosedale Avenue, S. Franklin Street. E. Nields Street, Lacey Street and S. Matlack Street.  

Residents need to verify whether they are on an emergency route by checking the signage on the block. Some blocks do not await a snow emergency declaration and are automatically in that status when snowfall exceeds four inches, so again, it is important to check the signage on the block.

During a snow emergency residents are permitted to park free of charge in Borough owned parking facilities including the Bicentennial Parking Garage on S. High Street, the Chestnut St. Parking Garage at Chestnut Street and Walnut Street, Sharpless St. Garage at Sharpless and Church Sts., the Matlack St. Garage south of Rosedale Ave. the S. New St. Garage at New St and Nields St. and all municipal parking lots.  Parking may return to snow emergency routes after the snowfall has ceased and the plowing on the street is complete back to the curb.  The lifting or modification of a snow emergency is announced using the same method as the declaration.

Following a snow event, residents are reminded to continue moving their vehicles from 8:00 am - 11:00 am or other time restricted areas, as these regulations will be enforced to allow snow clean-up operations to proceed. Please also clear handicap ramps at intersections.

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