WINTER GUIDE 2016
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Snow Plow Map
Check the status of snow plows in your neighborhood, report amissed street or report a damaged mailbox online or for other snow related issues visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311 or, call 311.
Ride On S (Storm) Service Plan
When severe weather or emergencies are expected to disrupt Ride On bus service, Ride On may announce it will be operating under its “S” or Storm Service Plan during weekdays only. Ride On will operate some buses on nearly every route and try to provide trips that are evenly spaced. However, customers should expect delays and detours. The S Plan schedule and more information are available online in English and Spanish.
Who Clears the Snow?
County snow fighters begin their job as soon as snow is predicted. They pre-treat major roads with salt brine, a solution of salt and water, before the snow even begins to fall. Salt brine prevents ice and frost from forming on pavement and makes snow removal easier. The use of salt brine also reduces the amount of salt needed to treat pavement following a snowfall.
During the snowfall, about 1,000 lane miles of main roads are kept in “bare pavement” condition. This ensures that, in case of an emergency, every County resident is within one-half mile of a cleared road. As snow accumulations reach three inches, plowing operations begin and all attention remains focused on main roads.
Once the snow stops falling and major roads are clear, crews turn their attention to removing snow from more than 4,300 miles of neighborhood streets. Their goal is to make these streets passable – not clear them to bare pavement.
All State-maintained, numbered roads in the County are cleared by the Maryland State Highway Administration. Other departments, outside agencies and governmental jurisdictions also have responsibility for plowing. They include Transit Services, which clears the busiest bus shelters and stops; Montgomery County Public Schools; The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission; the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro); municipalities and homeowner’s associations. Commercial parking lot owners plow their own properties and are prohibited from moving snow into the street.
During winter storm season, be prepared and take the following safety precautions.
Before a Storm
During a Storm
After a Storm
Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Drivers
Property owners are required by law to clear sidewalks in front of, and alongside, their properties within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. Help keep our communities and neighbors safe by doing your part. If your neighbor is elderly or disabled, you can assist them by clearing their sidewalks and checking on them during storms.
Residents who wish to report an unshoveled sidewalk can call 311(240-777-0311 outside County). Reports must include an exact address.
Snow Shoveling Tips
January 20, 2016
Who to Call
Call 311 (or 240-777-0311 if outside the County) for information about the status of County programs and services, to report unshoveled sidewalks, snow plow questions or other assistance or get information online.
First Energy/Potomac Edison: 1-888-544-4877
Downed Wires and Trees “Hot” or sparking wires: 911
Downed trees: 311
Police Emergency: 911
Montgomery County Public Schools: 301-309-6277 (MCPS); Spanish Hotline:
Library Branch Opening and Closing Status: 240-777-6500
Recycling and Trash Collections - for updated information about the collection schedule during snow storms,sign up for email and/or text updates, follow DSWS on Facebook and Twitter.
State Roads(are numbered road in the County): Statewide Operations Center call toll free at 1-800-543-2515 or 410-582-5650
When It Snows Brochure
When It Snows A handy guide that explains the County’s snow removal action plan and lists useful snowstorm contacts.
Cold Weather is Here – Are You Fire Safe? The County's Fire and Rescue Service offers tips to keep you safe during winter storms.
Winter Storm Preparedness:What to do before, during and after a winter storm.
Good Neighbors Clear Their Sidewalks of Ice and Snow
County residents are required by law to clear sidewalks in front of and alongside their properties within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. But, don't just do it because it's the law:
Be a good neighbor. Learn more.
Montgomery County offers Cold Weather Information for People and Animals
When it's cold, protect yourself, your family and your pets byfollowing these cold weather tips.
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