ROYERSFORD PA – It’s not a matter of if, but when.
Borough officials in Royersford are expected to meet sometime today (Jan. 22, 2016), according to its police department, to determine when they will declare a snow emergency as a result of the winter storm barreling its way up north up the Atlantic Coast. The storm is anticipated to hit this evening, and last through Sunday.
Between 6 and 12 inches of snowfall are predicted locally, accompanied by windy and cold conditions.
On its Facebook page, police asked borough residents to “plan to find another place to park your vehicle for the duration of the storm if you live on a snow emergency route.” Emergency routes in the borough include portions of Fifth Avenue, Lewis Road, Main Street, Second Avenue, Summer Street, Walnut Street, and Washington Street.
Borough law allows the mayor to declare “a snow and ice emergency” at any time to ensure “the movement of traffic and to combat the hazards” of weather that affects designated emergency routes. The declaration can include prohibitions against on-street parking, and traffic bans or limitations. Violators may be subject to fines of up to $50, as well as vehicle towing costs.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf “has already declared a state of emergency, which restricts travel to “only emergency vehicles and snow removal vehicles,” police added.