Well, folks, in case you haven’t been outside yet – it’s snowing.
Fortunately, it’s not expected to be of blizzard or traffic-snarling proportions: approximately 1 to 2 inches is forecasted for our area – which means alternate side parking is still in effect, the kids won’t be getting out of school early, and garbage and recycling schedules are still on schedule.
If you’d like to track plows and salt spreading operations on your street, you can do so through the PlowNYC map.
As for the rest of the week, the U.S. National Weather Service says that for New York, “the main story of the upcoming week will be COLD.”
“We will be seeing our coldest temperatures of the winter season so far. By Thursday, we will see single digit low temperatures and daytime temperatures in the teens, with subzero wind chills. There will even be a light snow accumulation Tuesday, with our current forecast showing a 1 to 2 inch snowfall.
And since the powdery white is here and sticking, let’s make clear what’s required of you, and a few extra tips to earn brownie points with the neighbors.
- Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any lot or building must clean snow and or ice from the sidewalk.
- Cleaning must be done within 4 hours after the snow has stopped falling.
- If snow stops falling after 9:00 p.m., it must be cleared by 11:00 a.m. the following morning.
- Snow may not be thrown into the street.
- If snow becomes frozen or is too hard to remove, residents can uses ashes, sand, sawdust or similar materials within the same time limits.
- The sidewalk must be cleaned as soon as the weather permits.
The fine for violating any of these rules is between $100 and $150 for the first offense, and as high as $350 for subsequent offenses, according to city notices.
- During heavy snowfall, clear your sidewalk before the snow stops falling. It’s courteous to neighbors who may still have to get around, and it will make the job easier for yourself at the end of the day.
- Check on your neighbors. If you live next to an elderly or disabled person, lend a hand and shovel for them. Hey, they may make you an apple pie.
- Avoid using salt unless absolutely necessary. It can damage the sidewalk, leading to costly repairs for you down the road. Use kitty litter or sand instead.
- If someone does slip and fall, go and see if they’re okay. It’s sad that this needs to be pointed out, but many people just snicker and go on their way.
- Cleaning up your dog’s poop is still legally required, even if it’s sitting in some snow. Don’t be a jerk.
Stay warm, neighbors! Let us know if you run into any snow-related problems – or if you get any great snow photos! You can email us at email@example.com.
By Heather Chin