Snow Storm January 2016




 New Haven – City officials announced this afternoon that a partial parking ban will be imposed as of 12:00 a.m. Saturday (midnight tonight). Plans are for the ‘downtown’ ban – within the area encircled by Howe Street, MLK Boulevard, State Street, and Grove Street – and posted Snow Emergency Routes to be effective through Sunday at noon.

 Cars may park in New Haven Public Schools and city park lots until then. Residents are encouraged to call 203-946-8221 or the city’s Snow Line at 203-946-SNOW with any storm-related parking questions.

In other storm-related news:

 ·         The city’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol has been activated for homeless shelters and the overnight warming center effective for Saturday and Sunday.

·         All New Haven Public Schools programming is cancelled for the weekend, including scheduled administration of the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the new Saturday ‘academies,’ and a track meet that had been scheduled for the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

·         All branches of the New Haven Free Public Library will be closed Saturday.

·         New Haven Fire Department officials are asking residents to assist with clearing snow from around the fire hydrant closest to their house, should snow accumulations warrant such clearing.

Get Prepared for the Winter Storm

New Haven and the rest of the state is preparing for this year’s first significant snow storm that could produce blizzard-like conditions in parts of the state. Heavy snow accumulation and high winds are predicted which may lead to power outages and impaired visibility on the roads. Please use the resources below to help prepare your family for any storm-related emergencies that may occur and to keep your family safe.

Stay Safe and Warm During the Storm

  • Clear snow and ice from sidewalks and footpaths that adjoin your property and clear fire hydrants as soon as possible.
  • Drivers must make sure their vision is not impaired by ice or snow and snow must be removed from roofs, etc. so it does not slide off and impact or impair other operators.
  • DO NOT shovel or plow snow into the street.
  • If you have a medical emergency, contact 911 for assistance, otherwise refrain from calling Police, Fire or Public Works to find out when your street will be plowed. Calls detract from the work at hand.
  • In some communities, snow cleanup usually takes between 16 and 24 hours from the end of a snowstorm. Cooperation in these activities will allow for quicker and more effective clearance of all streets.
  • In the event emergency travel is necessary, fill up your car with gas, check oil and windshield fluid levels.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts at
  • Use New Haven Connect (powered by SeeClickFix) to report non-emergencies throughout the storm. You can download the New Haven Connect app to your smart phone by clicking here:
  • As additional information becomes available regarding this storm, it will be sent out through the  Emergency Notification System and will be on the City of New Haven website:
  • City of New Haven Snow Information Line: 203-946-7669
  • City of New Haven Emergency Operations:  203-946-8221
  • City of New Haven Non-Emergency Police:  203-946-6316
  • Find a local warming station or shelter in your area by calling Infoline at 211.


In Case of Power Outages to UI

If you lose power, call UI at 1-800-7-CALL-UI (1-800-722-5584) to report an outage or speak with a customer service representative. Customers are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and call 911 to report them.


Items to be included in the kit:

  • One gallon of bottled water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for you and your pet
  • A three-day supply of prescription medication
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Moist towelettes
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Extra fuel (stored in a safe container) for the power generator

Other Tips for Storm Emergencies

  • If you use a generator, follow all safety precautions provided by the manufacturer.
  • If you use a cell phone, save your power or have a plan to be able to charge the phone.
  • Gather all necessary medications and make sure you have an adequate supply.
  • If you rely on oxygen please be sure you have an ample supply on hand.
  • If you, a friend or family member relies on electricity for life support devices, well water or refrigeration for medications, please make preparations now to switch to a backup source or move to an alternate location. It’s also a good idea to have a battery back-up for medical equipment.
  • For information on emergency disaster services including shelters, please contact the Connecticut American Red Cross by dialing 877-287-3327.
  • For non-emergency services, please contact 2-1-1 by dialing 211 or online at