Minneapolis declares Snow Emergency


Help spread the word to keep your friends and neighbors from having their cars ticketed and towed

 Minneapolis officials have declared a Snow Emergency beginning 9 p.m. today, Feb. 25. The Snow Emergency currently in effect will end at 8 p.m. tonight, and parking restrictions for the Snow Emergency declared today will take effect beginning at 9 p.m. Once a side of a street is fully plowed, drivers can move and park their vehicles there.

When a Snow Emergency is declared, parking rules go into effect so plows can clear the streets and fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and other vehicles can then get around and park. Plowing the streets completely requires vehicles parked on streets to move. It’s in everyone’s best interest to follow the parking rules so plows can do the best job possible, and folks can avoid a ticket and tow. 

Snow Emergency parking rules

Tonight, Feb. 23, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Day 1) Do not park on EITHER side of a Snow Emergency route until  8 a.m., or the street is fully plowed.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2) Do not park on the EVEN numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of a parkway until 8 p.m., or the parkway is fully plowed.

Sunday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3) Do not park on the ODD numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed. For more information on Snow Emergencies in Minneapolis, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/snow.

Sign up now, stay informed throughout the season

Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to learn when Snow Emergencies are declared and what to do when they are. The City advises drivers to put many of these tools to use, not just one or two. The more ways people use to learn about a Snow Emergency, the more prepared they will be to do their part, and the less likely they will be towed.

App for Android devices and iPhones – Drivers who have Android devices or iPhones can download the Snow Emergency app. During a Snow Emergency, the app will tell them the parking rules for that day. It also has a street lookup, which allows users to see the parking rules in detail by entering an address, or using the device’s location services features.

Remember to shovel sidewalks and shovel around your garbage carts

Sidewalks are a critical part of our city’s transportation system, and they should be open for everyone. That’s why Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall for houses and duplexes, and four daytime hours for all other properties. Failure to shovel your walk could lead to a ticket plus the cost of crews shoveling it.

There may be resources for people who need help clearing their sidewalks. People can call 311 for a list of resources that might be available.

Published Feb 25, 2018



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