March 14, 2017

Mayor George met this morning with senior staff members to discuss the impending winter storm and its potential impact on Wilkes-Barre.

According to multiple weather reports*, the storm is expected to produce a foot or more of snow. The snow will likely be coupled with high winds.

Wilkes-Barre is comprised of over 600 streets, therefore residents are asked to be patient during snow removal. To make snow removal most effective, please do NOT shovel into the street.

The Wilkes-Barre City Department of Public Works has an abundant supply of road salt and all available snow fighting equipment will be ready.

DPW is prepared to fully staff the storm, including having a dispatcher available to answer phone calls from the beginning of the storm and until all city streets have been cleared of snow.

Residents with complaints or concerns about road conditions should call 570-208-4240 to speak with a dispatcher. Complaints and concerns can also be sent online via the Service Request form found at

In light of the impending storm, Tuesday’s garbage and recycling collection will be SUSPENDED for North End, Heights, and Brookside neighborhoods on March 14th. Double collection for these areas will occur on March 21st.

Wilkes-Barre Fire and Police Departments will remain fully operational to address emergencies.

Mayor George encourages residents to take caution and stay tuned to media outlets for information regarding the storm’s path and impact.

Stay safe during the storm by following these tips:

  • Be patient during snow removal
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary
  • Don’t shovel snow into street
  • Keep fire hydrants clear—preferably a 3 foot perimeter
  • Avoid overexertion while shoveling—use caution and take breaks
  • For more winter weather tips, visit: