Snow Emergency Procedures
The City of Kingston has NEW Snow Emergency procedures, effective November 2021.
Typical Snow Emergency procedure in the City of Kingston is alternate side parking rules. However, due to noncompliance, there will now be no street parking along Snow Emergency Routes. Alternate side parking will remain in effect for the rest of the City, but there will be no parking allowed on Snow Emergency Routes for the duration of a Snow Emergency event, effective immediately.
Signs to this effect will be installed on the Snow Emergency Routes, which include the following streets:
East Chester Street
As a reminder for standard procedure, a Snow Emergency is typically announced if more than 3 inches of snow are forecasted and plowing is required. When a Snow Emergency is declared, the best place for vehicles is off-street, however, alternate side parking will be in effect for non-Snow Emergency Routes. During a Snow Emergency, parking is permitted on the odd side of the street on odd numbered calendar days and on the even side of the street on even numbered calendar days. The odd or even side of the street is determined by house numbers. At 7:00am the following day, vehicles must move to the opposite side of the street. Vehicles not in compliance will be ticketed and towed.
During a Snow Emergency, regular alternate side parking rules are suspended. On-street and off-street parking meters are suspended. Pre-existing parking restrictions which allow or prohibit parking on a particular side of the street are temporarily superseded by Snow Emergency alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules.
No parking is allowed within 50 feet of any street corner and vehicles must not block fire hydrants, driveways, entryways or exits for parking lots, or in any hazardous manner.
The City of Kingston will announce a Snow Emergency in the following ways:
- Online at http://www.kingston-ny.gov and at the City of Kingston Facebook page.
- By phone or text using the City’s notification system, Swift911. Sign up to receive calls or texts here.
- By e-mail. Recipients of the Mayor’s newsletter will receive an e-mail notification. Sign up for the newsletter here.
- Via media—all local media will be alerted.
For a snow-related service request or to report hazardous road conditions, call the Department of Public Works dispatch at 845-338-2114 or use Kingston 311. For towed vehicles, call the Kingston Police Department at 84-331-1671.
For those who are unable to move their vehicle off the road, the following municipal parking lots are free and open to the public during a Snow Emergency:
All 3 North Front Street lots
Forsyth Park lot adjacent to the tennis courts
Dietz Stadium lot
Sea Deli lot
Hodge Center lot
AME Zion Church on Franklin St. lot
Cornell St. lot
Prince St. lot
Lot next to Arace Electronics (357 Broadway)
Broadway Commons (615 Broadway)
Dock St. Lot
117-165 Abeel St.
Trolley Museum lot
Kingston Point Beach