Hillsborough Prepared for Winter Weather

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
Hillsborough Prepared for Winter Weather
Typically, the town begins plowing roads when snowfall reaches a depth of 2 inches on the pavement.

Town of Hillsborough crews have equipment and resources prepared for winter weather.

Preparations include outfitting trucks with plows and tire chains, ensuring vehicles and generators are fully fueled and any equipment that may be needed is ready to go, including barricades and cones in case streets are blocked due to downed trees or power lines.

Police advise citizens to stay off the roads and town trails if weather conditions deteriorate. If citizens must drive during poor weather conditions, they are advised to stay on larger roads and to use extreme caution. Intersections without power should be treated as four-way stops: Come to a complete stop and yield the right of way to drivers on your right. Police have a limited number of portable stop signs that can be placed at the most problematic intersections.

Typically, the town begins plowing roads when snowfall reaches a depth of 2 inches on the pavement. Public Works staff monitor weather reports to determine whether to plow earlier. In addition, if plowing causes roadways to become more hazardous, the town discontinues plowing.

Hillsborough’s greenways, including Riverwalk, are not shoveled during winter events. If plowing is needed in the parking lots of town-maintained parks, those parks will be closed until plowing can occur. Citizens choosing to use the town’s greenways and parks do so at their own risk.


To allow for plowing of roads in town, citizens are asked not to park vehicles on streets. Residences with Hillsborough mailing addresses may not be within town limits. To determine who provides services to your home, check the Jurisdiction and Service Areas page on the town website.

Priority in plowing is given to the town’s main thoroughfares, bridges, emergency services and the Orange County public works area. Utilities employees help in the clearing of roads if no water/sewer emergencies occur.

The N.C. Department of Transportation maintains some roadways in town, including Churton and King streets; Orange Grove and St. Mary’s roads; and U.S. 70/Cornelius Street. See the town’s streets webpage for a complete listing of state-maintained roadways.

Property owners are responsible for sidewalks in front of structures they own and for their driveways, where snow may accumulate due to plowing of roads. Town crews shovel sidewalks around town facilities as they are able.


Citizens are reminded not to use charcoal or gas grills inside homes. Residents also are encouraged to monitor local radio and television stations for storm and shelter updates. To request assistance for emergency and non-emergency needs, dial 911. Police officers are dispatched only by calling 911.

The town participates in OC Alerts for mass notification of emergencies to citizens. Businesses and individuals can choose to receive a message through the voice or text communication methods of their choosing. When selecting notification preferences through the Orange County partnership, Hillsborough water customers should sign up to receive notifications from the Town of Hillsborough. Note that Orange Water and Sewer Authority provides water service to the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community.

Hillsborough provides information about services during inclement weather through the following means:

See the Emergency Information webpage for service numbers and emergency preparedness information.