If you can avoid traveling today, stay inside.
We thought that spring was upon us, but we were wrong. After a major Nor’Easter winter storm this past weekend, the West Chester area may experience eight to 16 inches of snow. Mayor Dianne Herrin has declared a snow emergency for the area, effective 12am Wednesday, March 7th and ending at 7am on Thursday, March 8th.
Please remember to keep your vehicles clear of the snow emergency routes, which will be marked with red and white signs. Streets that will be affected include High, Gay, Market, Price, Chestnut, Marshall, Wayne, Church, Walnut, Miner, South Franklin, East Nields, Lacey, and South Matlack Streets, as well as Hannum and Rosedale Avenues.
Free Parking Areas
During a snow emergency, West Chester residents are allowed to park for free in the Borough-owned parking facilities. This includes Bicentennial, Chestnut Street, Sharpless Street, Matlack Street, and New Street Garages, as well as all other municipal parking lots. Snow plows need space to remove the snow from areas near curbs as well.
In case power is lost, a warming center will be open to the public from 8am to 5pm at the United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 7th. If need be, warming center hours will be extended.
If your vehicle is parked in a time-restricted area, remember to move it, as it will facilitate the snow-removal process.
“Our primary concern during a snowstorm is to clear safe and passable lanes on all state highways and Borough streets to keep traffic moving through town,” Dianne says. “Clearing passable lanes is our top priority, as long as the snow continues to fall. The Borough will open up parking as soon as possible during and after the snowstorm.”
For more information on this snow emergency, visit the West Chester BID, also known as Downtown West Chester.