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

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

For information on changes to hours of operation and services, you can contact the locations directly or check their website.

To protect customers, staff, and property, restaurants must close roadway dining when a Snow Alert is in effect.

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) issues a Snow Alert when one or more inches of snow are possible. Roadway dining must close by the time indicated in the Alert.

If the forecast calls for 12 inches of snow or more, you must also remove or consolidate your structures, including barriers, to take up as little space as possible. This makes plowing easier and protects your property.

The City will announce when the Snow Alert is over and in-street dining may safely resume.

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

Learn how to prepare your outdoor dining areas for winter weather on the Open Restaurants page.

Alternate Side Parking

Alternate Side Parking (ASP) may be suspended due to snow. You can get the latest status from NYC311 Online, 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 from 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.

Get the Snow Removal Fact Sheet.


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.

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.

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

For information about Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) public transportation, including subways, buses, Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Railroad, and Staten Island Railroad, check the MTA website.


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.

Trash, recycling, and bulk item collections may be delayed or suspended due to snow. When that happens, you can't make a missed collection complaint for that day.

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