In advance of a winter storm that’s forecast to bring as much as eight inches of snow to Saucon Valley late Sunday and early Monday, Hellertown borough officials today declared a snow emergency that will take effect at 4 p.m. Sunday and remain in effect until further notice.
Cars parked along snow emergency routes such as Main Street must be removed by 4 p.m.
Garbage collection scheduled for Monday will be delayed one day, per the borough.
Temporary off-street parking will be available at the Dimmick Park, Water Street Park, Tobias Drive and Post Office lots for residents who need it. Cars must be removed from the lots within 24 hours after the snow ends.
Residents on secondary, non-emergency routes are requested by the borough to make every attempt to remove their vehicles from the street or work with their neighbors to park all vehicles on one side of the street.
“Do not park within 15 feet of an intersection or 20 feet of a stop sign,” the borough advised residents. “This will allow our plows to more thoroughly remove snow from the street and intersection.”
Residents are also reminded to shovel snow and remove ice from around fire hydrants if their home or property is next to one. A perimeter of about three feet should be maintained around each hydrant and there should also be a path shoveled from the hydrant to the street.
All property owners are required to clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of a snow event.
For more information about the borough’s snow removal ordinance, refer to the Borough Code of Ordinances, Chapter 385, Art. I, Snow and Ice Removal.
In addition to Hellertown borough, Fountain Hill borough has declared a snow emergency.
The snow emergency in Fountain Hill is effective immediately.
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As of 11 a.m. Sunday Lower Saucon Township had not declared a snow emergency, but if/when it does its impact on parking in the township will be minimal, since relatively few sections of the township have on-street parking. The residents most affected will be those who live on cul-de-sacs.
As of Sunday morning, the entire Lehigh Valley as well as Upper Bucks and Upper Montgomery counties are under a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service for 3 p.m. Sunday through 7 a.m. Monday.
Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are expected.
“Travel could be very difficult,” a NWS statement said. “Snowfall rates of up to an inch per hour will be possible between about 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. While the snow will end before the Monday morning commute, hazardous conditions should still be occurring from the earlier heavy snow.”