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.
Call the hotline - By calling the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline, folks can find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared. The hotline will include information on parking restrictions that drivers need to follow to avoid tickets and tows. The hotline includes information in Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
Check out the City’s website - Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared and for a wealth of information on Snow Emergencies in many languages. Also, check out the street lookup, which lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a Snow Emergency.
Mail - Every fall, a Snow Emergency informational brochure is mailed to every household in Minneapolis.
Phone alerts - Minneapolis uses a community notification voice messaging system that can place thousands of calls per hour to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_phone-alert to add additional numbers beyond just your home number.
Email and text alerts - You can sign up to get Snow Emergency alerts automatically emailed or texted to you. Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_esubscribe for more details.
Mobile app – The Minneapolis Snow Emergency app, available for iPhone and Android devices, now tells you if and when a Snow Emergency has been declared. It also you where you can and can’t park on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 of a Minneapolis Snow Emergency. The updated app does not send proactive alerts, so when the snow flies, folks will need to open the app to find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared.
The media - News releases are sent to the media so TV, radio stations and other news outlets can inform their viewers, listeners and readers that a Snow Emergency is in effect.
On cable - Tune in to cable channels 14 and 79. These channels will have information in several languages when a Snow Emergency is declared.
Facebook – “Like” Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook.
Twitter - If you have a Twitter account, just follow us. Both the Twitter and Facebook pages will tell fans and followers when a Snow Emergency is 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