City of Salem's Snow Emergency Central
Welcome to our comprehensive online directory for all the information you'll need during Snow Emergencies and winter storms in Salem.
Current Snow Emergency Details
Please refer to the red banner on the top of the Salem.com homepage.
(If no banner appears, there is no Snow Emergency in effect).
Salem residents can sign-up for the City's CodeRED Alert System to receive notifications on Snow Emergenices via phone, e-mail and/or text by clicking here.
When a Snow Emergency goes into effect, vehicles must be removed from all City streets and sidewalks. Failure to do so will result in ticketing and/or towing.
- Click here for a listing of available neighborhood Snow Emergency parking locations.
- Click here for an interactive Snow Emergency parking map, which includes rates and number of parking spots available.
All vehicles must be removed from these parking locations immediately following the cancellation of the snow emergency (weekends included) or vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.
Click here for a comprehensive guide to Snow Emergencies in Salem.
The Salem Council on Aging has developed a Snow Shoveling Assistance Program to assist our elderly (60yrs+), infirmed or disabled residents in locating youth in their neighborhoods to shovel snow from their walkways, sidewalks and driveways. Click here for more information.
Residents interested in applying for a shoveling job clearing public sidewalks and crosswalks should contact the City of Salem's Human Resources Department.
Winter Service Requests
Residents can now report winter storm related issues by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Use this email address to report plowing issues, cases of snow left on or obstructing a sidewalk, and other similar snow-related issues.
OTHER IMPORTANT WINTER STORM INFORMATION
The removal of the snow and ice from sidewalks is greatly appreciated. This will help school children, the elderly, and the general public from having to walk in the street. The City of Salem clears designated sidewalks following each storm. It takes time to accomplish this task and it is only done after all the roads have been cleared.
There are city ordinances requiring property owners to remove snow and ice from their bordering sidewalks within six hours after the snow ceases to fall or the city's snow emergency lights are turned off, whichever time is later. If the snow ceases to fall and the snow emergency lights are turned off in the nighttime, the snow shall be removed before 12:00 noon. If he/she neglects to do so, he/she shall be fined $25 for 1st offense, $75 for 2nd offense and $100 for 3rd and subsequent offenses.
While the Department of Public Services tries to minimize the amount of snow that gets plowed across driveways and exits, it is unavoidable. Clearing driveway openings is the responsibility of the property owner. Plow blades cannot be lifted as they pass by a driveway. Unfortunately, snow will be plowed into driveways as we perform curb-to-curb plowing. You may wish to clear your driveway several times during the storm or wait until the storm and plowing activities have ended.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Snowplowing, shoveling, or throwing snow back onto the street when clearing driveways and sidewalks is prohibited by City Ordinance and violators can be fined $75 for 1st offense, $150 for 2nd offense and $200 for 3rd and subsequent offenses.
Help us stop street flooding by shoveling out catch basins near your home.
There are many fire hydrants in the City of Salem. Please help Keep Salem Safe by shoveling around the hydrant(s) near your home.
Winter sand is available for residents (only) at the Department of Public Works Garage located at 5 Jefferson Avenue. Please limit yourselves to (2) pails per visit.