As tomorrow’s storm upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning, follow go-to tips for helping plows and your neighbors!

05 January 2024- While Department of Public Works crews are out plowing and clearing the City of Hagerstown’s streets, on-street parking spaces, and parking lots this winter, you can assist with the snow removal efforts in the following ways:

Do not use on-street parking spaces if you can avoid it. If you must use those spaces, no saving spaces with items such as chairs and buckets is permitted.

Clear the sidewalks adjacent to your property. Property owners are responsible for clearing snow and/or ice on sidewalks adjacent to properties within 24 hours for the safety of pedestrians. Not only is it a neighborly act, it is the law. Please visit for detailed information concerning sidewalk snow removal guidelines.

Do not plow, shovel, blow, or place snow on streets or roadways. Doing so is illegal.

Shovel around fire hydrants and mailboxes. Clear a three-foot path from the road to the hydrant and a minimum of three feet on all sides of the hydrant. Clearing snow around hydrants will assist the Hagerstown Fire Department in the event of an emergency.

Consider clearing a path for meter readers or mail carriers.

Keep neighborhood storm drains free of snow and ice to enable snow melt to drain properly.

Place garbage and recycling containers at least three feet back from the curb to avoid contact with snowplows.

Do not crowd plows while they are operational. Such behavior is especially dangerous during a storm when visibility is limited.

Check on your elderly and/or sick neighbors who may be unable to clear their sidewalks.

Please be patient!