Check NYC Severe Weather for snow updates and advisories. Sign up for Notify NYC to get alerts sent to you by email, text, or phone.

City, State, and Federal government offices, facilities, and service centers may also be impacted by snowstorms, including:

For information on changes to hours of operation and services, you can check the pages above, check the agency's website, or contact the locations directly.

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) issues a Snow Alert when one or more inches of snow are possible. To protect customers, staff, and property, Open Restaurants may need to close roadway dining when a Snow Alert is in effect and take other precautions. When roadway dining is suspended, Open Restaurants will be notified by email.

You can sign up to receive Snow Alerts and other updates from Notify NYC or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter for announcements.

You can also visit the Open Restaurants page to:

  • Find out if there is an active Snow Alert
  • Learn about outdoor dining rules
  • Get guidelines for snow events

Alternate Side Parking

Alternate Side Parking (ASP) may be suspended due to snow.

Find out if ASP is in effect or suspended.

You can also get the latest status from Twitter @NYC311, or the NYC311 App.

Road Conditions

You can get real-time updates on traffic and road conditions within the New York metro area calling 511 or visiting the 511 website.

New York City public schools may close or delay opening because of snow. School bus service may also be impacted.

You can get the latest status on the School Calendar and Closures page, NYC311 Online, Twitter @NYC311, or the NYC311 App.

Private or Charter Schools

For information about charter, private, or parochial schools and colleges, contact them directly.

CUNY Colleges

For information about CUNY colleges, visit the CUNY website.

To keep our City running, snow must be removed from streets, sidewalks, and curb cuts after it has finished falling. This is important for all New Yorkers, particularly seniors and individuals who have disabilities.


Property owners must clear snow from their sidewalks, creating a pathway at least 4 feet wide to accommodate individuals using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Corner property owners/managers should clear a path to the crosswalk, including any pedestrian ramps.

The City does not clean or remove snow or ice from sidewalks in front of residential or commercial property. The City does not provide direct assistance to residents in need of snow shoveling assistance.

After owners have had an appropriate amount of time to shovel, you can file a Snow or Ice on Sidewalk complaint.


You can file a Snow or Ice on Street or Highway complaint. When a storm operation is underway, these complaints are used to monitor the storm and there is no response to individual plowing or spreading requests. After the storm operation ends, individual complaints will receive a response.

You can go to PlowNYC to see plowing progress in real-time.

Learn about DSNY snow operations.

Pedestrian Features

The City hires emergency snow laborers to help clear snow from pedestrian features once all streets have been cleared.

Pedestrian features include:

  • Crosswalks along major commercial streets
  • Streets in front of bus stops
  • Pedestrian medians
  • Overpasses and underpasses

This effort takes time because it requires manual labor. There is no guarantee that every pedestrian feature will be cleared.

Subways, Buses, and Railroads

You can get information and service status for Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) public transportation, including:

You can also get information and service status for:


You can sign up for email updates and alerts and get service status for:

Citi Bike

If severe weather conditions that make cycling hazardous are expected, Citi Bike may shut down the system and lock or remove the bicycles as necessary. The system will reopen as soon as the weather permits.

For weather-related service alerts, sign up for Notify NYC or follow @CitiBikeNYC on Twitter. You can also visit the Citi Bike page for updates.

Trash, recycling, and compost collections may be delayed or suspended due to snow. When that happens, you will not be able to make a missed collection complaint until collections are fully restored to the regular schedule.

Find out if collections are on schedule, delayed, or suspended.

You can also get the latest collection status from Twitter @NYC311, or the NYC311 App.

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