Minneapolis declares Snow Emergency

Minneapolis officials have declared a Snow Emergency beginning today, Jan. 30, 2014. City crews have been plowing and treating streets to keep them drivable. Now that a Snow Emergency has been declared, parking restrictions will take effect beginning at 9 p.m., Thursday, so crews can plow more than 1,000 miles of streets from curb to curb. That’s the equivalent of 3,200 “lane miles” of streets that need to be plowed—enough to plow a lane from Minneapolis to Anchorage, Alaska. 

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. In order for crews to plow streets completely, vehicles must be moved out of the way. 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.

As crews are out clearing the streets, Public Works and Fire crews are evaluating whether additional parking restrictions may be needed following the Snow Emergency. Because of the large accumulation of snow this winter and the lack of warmer days to help the snow melt, many streets have been narrowed by snow plowed up at the edges. Winter Parking Restrictions (a one-sided parking ban) may be needed to help fire trucks, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles get to homes and businesses. These one-sided parking rules have been put in place in past years with large snow accumulation. Watch for more information on possible restrictions in the coming days.

Snow Emergency parking rules

Tonight, Jan. 30, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.  (Day 1)
Do not park on EITHER side of a Snow Emergency route until the street is fully plowed.

Friday, Jan. 31, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2)
Do not park on the EVEN side of a non-Snow Emergency route until that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of a parkway until the parkway is fully plowed.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3)
Do not park on the ODD side of a non-Snow Emergency route until that side of the street is fully plowed.

For more information on Snow Emergencies in Minneapolis, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/snow.

Spreading the word about Snow Emergencies

Minneapolis offers residents, workers and visitors a number of tools to help people learn when Snow Emergencies are declared and what to do when they are. We’re advising drivers to put several of these tools to use, not just one or two. The more ways they have to learn about a Snow Emergency, the less likely they’ll be towed because they didn’t know one was declared.

Non-English Snow Emergency information

Information on Snow Emergency is also available in other languages on the City’s website. If you know anyone who primarily speaks Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Oromo, Vietnamese or Lao you can direct them to the City’s website for information in their language on Snow Emergency and much more.

Remember to shovel sidewalks and shovel around your garbage carts

Sidewalks are a critical part of our city’s transportation system. That’s why it’s important for homeowners and businesses to keep their sidewalks shoveled. Minneapolis ordinance requires that property owners clear sidewalks at homes and duplexes within 24 hours after a snowfall. Property owners of apartment and commercial buildings are responsible for clearing the sidewalks within four daytime hours of a snowfall.  For your own benefit and to let your neighbors who are walking, pushing strollers and using wheelchairs get around, please do your part.

Published Jan. 30, 2014