Know the Rules When it Comes to Snow Removal

The snow will be flying soon, delighting folks who enjoy the winter whiteness and frustrating those who have to shovel it, walk in it and drive through it. We’ve gathered some information from local governments to help you avoid frustration and fines this snow season.

Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County urges people to park their vehicles in their driveway during a winter storm if at all possible. If the county snowplow driver cannot safely access your street due to on-street parking, plowing will be delayed. If your street is privately owned, snow removal is the responsibility of the street’s owner.

Most counties and municipalities will complete snow removal within 24 to 36 hours after the end of a snowstorm, often assisted by contractor forces.

Montgomery County

In Montgomery County, road crews spread salt on all emergency roads and primary neighborhood roads when snow begins to cover them. At 3 inches, crews clear all emergency roads and primary neighborhood roads. When the snow stops, crews begin plowing neighborhood roads.

No matter where you live, though, you’re responsible for snow removal on your own property, including public sidewalks, driveways and entrances, and you’re required to do it within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. If you’ve got a good snowblower, be a good neighbor and help out someone who may not be physically able to shovel.

But how can you avoid the frustration of watching the plow deposit a wall of snow at the entrance to your freshly cleared driveway? Here’s a tip from the pros: When shoveling or snowblowing, direct the snow onto your yard instead of toward the street. Then clear off the front edge of your property for about 20 feet to the left of your driveway entrance (as you face the street). A plow’s blade will continually push snow to the side of the road, so if you starve the plow for a bit before your driveway, there’ll be less for it to pick up and deposit.

If you’re ready to hang up your shovel and ease your aching back, stop in at one of our three convenient locations and let us help you choose the best snow removal machine for your needs.


Written by Len Elters

Len Elters

Len Elters has assisted his father in building L.J. Elter and Son from the ground up. Today the business has grown to over 50 products lines and 3 stores across Maryland.

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