Winter Weather Advisory (Wednesday into Thursday 12/16-12/17)

Attached is the latest briefing from the National Weather Service Mount Holly, NJ on the snow expected Wednesday into Thursday (12/16-12/17).

Chester County Forecasted Conditions:

  • Anticipated Timing: 
  • Snow: Potentially heavy snow with significant accumulations during the day; Wednesday afternoon commute is likely to be impacted.
  • Wind: The strongest gusts are expected during the day Wednesday into Wednesday night.
  • Precipitation: Anywhere from 6” - 18” of snow possible for Chester County.

Current Advisories/Watches/Warnings:

  • Winter Weather Watch is in effect from December 16, 7AM until December 17, 7AM.

Impacts:

  • Snow accumulations could lead to slippery roads and sidewalks, especially during the afternoon commute on Wednesday.
  • Snow on trees could lead to down wires and power outages.
  • Wind gusts could lead to minor tree and wire damage. 

Recommended Preparedness Actions:

  • Follow the NWS and local weather forecasts for the latest changes, updates and information.

The following information pertains to the current parking restrictions in Kennett Square Borough during a winter event. 

Limitation on parking.

(a)Snow Emergency. The mayor or other official designated by borough council may declare a snow and ice emergency (referred to as a "snow emergency"). A snow emergency is instituted when four inches or more of snow have accumulated, but it also may be instituted based on other weather conditions deemed to require the removal of vehicles from the roads for safe travel. The declaration of a snow emergency may be announced by posting at the borough municipal building; or by radio, newspaper, email, social media sites or other available media. The termination of a snow emergency may be announced in the same manner. After a snow emergency has been declared, no person shall park a motor vehicle or allow that vehicle to remain parked on any portion of a snow emergency route as set forth in section 11-56.1.

(b)Winter Warning. A winter warning shall be in effect when roads are covered with freezing rain, snow, sleet, hail, or ice. The mayor or other official designated by borough council may declare the start time for a winter warning in preparation for and in anticipation of those conditions. The declaration of a winter warning may be announced by posting at the borough municipal building; or by radio, newspaper, email, social media sites or other available media. The termination of a winter warning may be announced in the same manner. When a winter warning is in effect, no person shall park a motor vehicle or allow that vehicle to remain parked on any portion of a winter warning route as set forth in section 11-56.2.

**Please remove all vehicles from the following roadways prior to the storm beginning**

  • 11-56.1 - Designation of snow emergency routes.

    (a)Birch Street, north side;

    (b)West Cedar Street, from Meredith Street to Union Street;

    (c)Cypress Street, both sides, except permit parking zones;

    (d)Meredith Street, west side, between State and Cedar Streets;

    (e)Race Street, between East State Street and East Cypress Street;

    (f)South Street, south side;

    (g)State Street, both sides;

    (h)Union Street, both sides;

    (i)Walnut Street, east side;

    (j)Linden Street, south side, from Broad Street to Willow Street;

    (k)Broad Street, both sides, from State to Cypress Street

    (l)North Willow Street, west side, between Linden Street and State Street;

    (m)Ridge Avenue, south side;

    (n)North Mill Road, from W. State Street to north Borough Line.

    Ord. No. 922, § 1 , 10-19-2015; Ord. No. 927, § 2 , 4-4-2016)

  • 11-56.2 - Designation of winter warning routes.

    (a)East Linden Street, north side, from Broad Street to Willow Street;

    (b)North Willow Street, east side, from East Linden Street to East State Street;

    (c)South Walnut Street, east side, from East South Street to Southview Avenue.

    Ord. No. 922, § 1 , 10-19-2015)

Additionally the requirement to remove snow or hail from sidewalks is as follows:

17-4 Removal of snow or hail from sidewalks.

The owner, occupant or person having charge of any ground or building fronting on any sidewalk of the borough shall within the first six hours after daylight after a fall of snow or hail remove such snow or hail from the sidewalks fronting such ground or building to the full width of it. If the owner, occupant or person having charge of any ground or building so located shall refuse or neglect to so fulfill the requirements of this section, he shall be punished as provided in section 1-7. The chief of police shall remove or cause to be removed the snow or hail from the sidewalk of such person so neglecting to remove the same and the expense of such removal shall be paid out of the fine imposed upon the owner, occupant or person having charge of the property.

(Ord. No. 128, § 1)