Under City Ordinance 10.40.080, the City Council declares a snow emergency when snow has accumulated to at least two inches. Snow emergencies are in effect until all snow has been cleared from City streets and parking lots. The objective is to finish plowing within 10 to 12 hours after cessation of snowfall.
During a snow emergency, all vehicles must be removed from City streets and public parking lots until snow plowing operations are complete.
For more information on plowing operations, please visit the Plowing & De-Icing Operations webpage.
The City will notify several media sources and provide as much advance notice to the public as possible as to when a snow emergency will be declared. City residents are encouraged to utilize one of the services listed below to reduce the likelihood of receiving a parking ticket and to assist with making Janesville's snow removal operations cost effective and safe.
To determine if a snow emergency has been declared, please do the following:
Listen to radio stations WCLO (1230 AM), WJVL (99.9 FM) or WKPO (105.9 FM).
Check the City's website homepage for snow emergency information.
"Like" the City's general facebook page.
Read the Janesville Gazette.
Join the Snow Emergency E-mail Alert List.
Call the Snow Hotline (755-SNOW). Please DO NOT call 911.
Register to receive alerts through Nixle (www.nixle.com or text your zip code to 888777).
The City of Janesville also works with Lamar Advertising Company to post snow emergency information on billboards throughout the City.
Throughout the winter months, JATV airs winter weather and snow emergency reminders with their Calendar of Events. JATV will also include information about declared snow emergencies in their Calendar whenever possible.
A "Winter Weather Information" brochure is available for download and printing.
The Public Works Department has purchased snow emergency magnets to remind residents of the City's parking regulations during a snow emergency.
These magnets are free of charge and can be picked up at the City Services Center. To request a magnet, please call 755-3110.
Snow Emergency Parking
When a snow emergency is in effect, all vehicles must be removed from City streets and public parking lots until snow plowing operations are complete. The best place to park during a snow emergency is in your garage or driveway. If you are unable to park in a driveway or garage, please park in one of the designated snow emergency parking stalls.
These stalls are located in seven downtown municipal parking lots:
East Wall Street Lot at East Wall Street & North Parker Drive
City Hall Lot at West Wall Street & North Jackson Street
South High Street Lot at West Court Street & South High Street
Senior Center Lot at St. Lawrence Avenue & Water Street
Hedberg Library Lot Lot on Water Street
River/Union Street Lot at South River Street & Union Street
North Parker Drive Parking Ramp at North Parker Drive and East Wall Street
When you arrive at the lot, look for the signs designating the snow emergency parking stalls.
General Winter Parking (Non-Snow Emergency)
Snow plowing and salting operations can occur during times when a snow emergency has not been declared. By removing your vehicle from the road you help snow plow operators gain better access to the entire street. Fewer obstructions, like parked vehicles, mean that snow plow operators can clear the streets quicker and more completely. Please assist the City with improving winter weather responses by parking your vehicle off city streets during the winter season.
Fines for parking on the streets during a snow emergency are $50. The Police Department may begin issuing tickets to violators before plowing operations begin.
For more information regarding snow emergencies, please contact the City Services Center at 755-3110.