New, improved mobile app lets you know when a Snow Emergency is in effect

There’s a new way people can find out if a Snow Emergency is in effect while on the go. The City of Minneapolis has improved its smart phone app so drivers can access current Snow Emergency information immediately to know if they need to follow Snow Emergency parking rules.  No matter what day of a Snow Emergency it is, the mobile app will provide current parking restrictions and information.

The Minneapolis Snow Emergency app is an update of one introduced last season. The revision, available for iPhone and Android devices, contains much more detailed, timely and useful information including if a Snow Emergency has been declared, and puts detailed parking rules right in the palm of your hand. The app tells you where you can and can’t park on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 of a Minneapolis Snow Emergency to help you avoid a ticket and a tow. It also allows you to sign up for email and text alerts and features a quick call button that connects you to the Minneapolis Snow Emergency hotline. The updated app does not send push notifications, so when the snow flies, folks will need to open the app to find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared. Those who downloaded last year’s version of the app should update it to the current version.

Snow Emergencies are declared whenever there’s enough snowfall to warrant a complete plowing of City streets. To get that done, people need to follow the parking rules and move their vehicles so crews can plow full width. When the snow flies, City Public Works crews have enormous jobs to do, with more than 1,500 miles of streets, parkways and alleys that need to be cleared. It’s important for drivers to follow the Snow Emergency parking rules so plows can do the best job possible clearing snow. Vehicles parked on the street in violation of Snow Emergency rules can be ticketed or towed.

The revised app will be another way to educate people about Snow Emergency parking so people will comply with the rules. It compliments all the other ways Minneapolis spreads the word about Snow Emergencies including direct mail, emails, text messages, automated phone calls, social networks, the Internet, local cable television and through the news media. 

Snow Emergencies are not ways to generate revenue for the City. Towing and impounding vehicles is time consuming, expensive and makes plowing inefficient, so it’s in everyone’s interest to help drivers follow the parking rules.

Stay informed

Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to learn when Snow Emergencies are declared, and what to do when they are. People should 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 to be towed.

Published Nov. 27, 2013