Why are snow emergencies declared?

Snow emergencies are declared due to substantial accumulation and/or icy conditions. The purpose of the snow emergency is to promote an environment where Borough snow removal crews can better remove snow and ice between the curbs and public streets (curb to curb). This opens the roads to better accommodate future on street parking as well as to facilitate proper access for emergency vehicles including ambulance and fire response vehicles, mail delivery, and trash pick-up.

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1. Who declares a snow emergency?
2. When are snow emergencies declared?
3. Why are snow emergencies declared?
4. How can I find out when a snow emergency has been declared?
5. How long does a snow emergency last?
6. Where can I park during a snow emergency?
7. Where are the snow emergency routes?