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City of Albany Declares Snow Emergency to Begin Friday, December 18 at 8:00 a.m.

December 17, 2020

Albany, NY- Please be advised the City of Albany has issued a SNOW EMERGENCY that will begin Friday Morning, December 18, at 8:00 a.m. At that time, all normal parking rules and regulations are temporarily suspended.

  • During the first 24 hours of the snow emergency, all vehicles must be parked on the even numbered side of the street.
  • Beginning Saturday, December 19, at 8:00 a.m., all vehicles must be parked on the odd numbered side of the street for the next 24-hour period
  • Vehicles may begin to park on the odd numbered side of the street for the second 24-hour period beginning Saturday, December 19 at 7:00 a.m.

If you are parked on the wrong side of the street during the snow emergency, your vehicle will be ticketed and may be towed.

After the second 24-hour period, please stay tuned for further announcements.

For SNOW EMERGENCY information, call 518-476-SNOW (7669) or check back here: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

“Reports originally anticipated today’s snow storm would conclude early this morning, however the late shift in weather patterns have extended the duration of the storm well into the early afternoon, and has already led to significantly higher snowfall totals than expected,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “The City’s Department of General Services employees have been working around the clock since the first snow fell, however the rapid increase in snowfall over the last several hours has made travel especially difficult. Please stay off the roads and allow our DGS crews the space needed to safely and efficiently clear the snow.”

Important Contacts During the Snow Emergency:

  • ForSNOW EMERGENCY information, call518-476-SNOW (7669) or check back here, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • For general snow inquiries call the Department of General Services at518-434-CITY (2489).
  • To report power outages and determine area repair schedules, call National Grid at 800-642-4272.
  • In an emergency, call 911.
  • To receive text and/or email alerts about a snow emergency, please sign up for Nixle alerts.
  • For real-time weather information, visit the National Weather Service.

During the SNOW EMERGENCY, the City of Albany has made available additional parking at various lots throughout the City:


  • Parking Area Adjoining Arbor Hill Softball Field (North Lark St.)
  • 230 Colonie St. (Playground Lot)
  • 178 Colonie St. (Playground Lot)
  • Ten Broeck Mansion (Parking Lot & Sidewalk West End)
  • Quackenbush Garage (Please see note below regarding limited availability)


  • Ridgefield Park (Enter on Partridge St.)
  • Woodlawn Park Little League
  • Waterson Park (Westland Hills) Enter on Colvin Ave.


  • Washington Park (All Roadways and Parking Areas)


  • Krank Park Area
  • Franklin St. (Between Schuyler St. & Bassett St. – East Side)
  • Lincoln Park (All Interior Roadways & Parking Area)


  • 77 Philip St. (Playground)
  • 88 Philip St. (Playground)


  • North Second St. & North Third St. (Above Pearl St.)
  • Parking Area across from North Albany American Legion Post


  • Bleecker Stadium (Parking Area & Roadways)
  • North Side of Livingston Ave. (Opposite Judson St.) Parking Lot

Conflict Streets:
Signs have been installed on streets throughout the City that have both odd and even numbered addresses, or no addresses at all, indicating what side of the street is even and what side is odd for purposes of snow emergencies. Please take notice of these signs when moving your vehicle during the Snow Emergency.

Zone C Residential Permit Parking Holders:
During a SNOW EMERGENCY and for 24 hours after the end of a SNOW EMERGENCY, individuals with a residential parking permit in Zone C will be allowed to park for free in the Quackenbush Garage (Orange Street between Broadway and Water Street).

  • To park for free at the Quackenbush Garage during a Snow Emergency you must have a current Zone C Residential Parking Permit with the City of Albany.
  • When parking at the Quackenbush Garage, parkers must take a ticket from the gate when they enter the garage.
  • Once you have parked your vehicle in the garage please take your ticket to our customer service office to be validated.
  • We will need to confirm your last name and plate with the city’s Zone C Residential Parking Permit list before validating you ticket.
  • Please be aware that we can only validate one ticket per last name and plate number.
  • We ask that all Zone C Residential Parking Permit holders park on levels 3, 4 or 5 (based on availability).
  • To confirm that you have a Zone C permit please contact the Albany Snow Hotline at 518-476-SNOW (7669)

Vehicle Towing:
If your vehicle has been towed, call Albany Police Department at 518-438-4000, Center Station 518-458-5660, or South Station 518-462-8049 for information on how to retrieve your vehicle.

City Buildings:
Mayor Sheehan has announced she has declared a State of Emergency in the City of Albany effective 6:00 AM. All City of Albany Buildings, including City Hall, will be closed to the public Thursday, December 17.

Sidewalk Snow Removal:
It is imperative that property owners keep the sidewalks adjacent to their property clear for pedestrians in wheelchairs and pedestrian walkers to safely pass by. According to City Code 323-21, it is the responsibility of all property owners’ and/or residents to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks and accessibility ramps adjacent to their property within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm.

If your sidewalk is not in compliance within 24 hours of the last snowfall, the Department of General Services may clear the sidewalk of snow and ice, and the property owner will be issued a bill for the cost of removal and charged a fine.

Other Snow Event Information:
Snow emergency brochures outline all Snow Emergency procedures.