Minneapolis declares Snow Emergency

Winter Parking Restrictions suspended during the Snow Emergency

Minneapolis officials have declared a Snow Emergency beginning today, Sunday, March 10. City crews have been plowing and treating streets to keep them drivable.

Now that a Snow Emergency has been declared, parking rules take effect 9 p.m. tonight.  Winter Parking Restrictions are temporarily suspended beginning at 4 p.m. today and resume 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 13.

When a Snow Emergency is declared, parking rules take 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 do their part and follow the parking rules so plows can do the best job possible, and folks can avoid a ticket and tow.

Snow Emergency parking rules

Sunday, March 10 (Day 1)

·       4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Winter Parking Restrictions are suspended. Drivers may start moving their cars on to EITHER side of non-Snow Emergency routes.

·        9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Do not park on EITHER side of Snow Emergency routes until 8 a.m. or the street is fully plowed.

Monday, March 11, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2)
Do not park on the EVEN numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of parkways until 8 p.m., or the parkway is fully plowed.

Tuesday, March 12, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3)
Do not park on the ODD numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed. Between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., drivers should move their vehicles from the EVEN numbered sides of non-Snow Emergency Routes as Winter Parking Restrictions will resume.

Wednesday, March 13, 8 a.m.
Winter Parking Restrictions resume.

During Winter Parking Restrictions parking is banned on the EVEN numbered side of non-Snow-Emergency-routes until April 1, unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier. Parking is allowed on Snow Emergency routes, parkways, and the ODD numbered side of non-Snow Emergency-routes, unless otherwise posted.

Stay informed about parking rules

·       Hotline: By calling the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline, you can find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared and how that affects the Winter Parking Restrictions. If a Snow Emergency is in effect, the hotline will have information on that day’s parking restrictions that drivers need to follow to avoid tickets and tows. The hotline includes information in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

·       The City’s website: Go to minneapolismn.gov/snow to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared and for a wealth of information on Snow Emergencies and Winter Parking Restrictions 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.

·       Phone calls to residents: Minneapolis uses automated phone calls to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared and Winter Parking Restrictions implemented. The system can place thousands of calls per hour. You can add your cellphone or unlisted landline number to the alert system by signing up at minneapolismn.gov/snow.

·       Email alerts: You can sign up to get Snow Emergency alerts automatically emailed or text messaged to you. Go to minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_esubscribe for more details.

·       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 will also have Winter Parking Restrictions information. 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.

·       The news media: News releases are sent to the media so TV, radio stations and other news outlets can inform their viewers and listeners that a Snow Emergency is in effect or Winter Parking Restrictions have been implemented.

·       Cable TV: Tune in to Minneapolis City TV (Comcast channel 859 or CenturyLink channel 8502). These channels will have information in several languages when a Snow Emergency is declared or Winter Parking Restrictions have been instituted.

·       Facebook: Like Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook. Go to facebook.com/MinneapolisSnowEmergency.

·       Twitter: twitter.com/minneapolissnow. 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.

·       Videos: Informative videos are available online in multiple languages to help explain Winter Parking Restrictions:

o   Winter Parking Restrictions (English)

o   Restricciones de Estacionamiento en el Invierno (Spanish)

o   Xanibaadaha Baarkinka Jiilaalka (Somali)

o   Kev Txwv Tsis Pub Nres Tsheb Thaum Caij Ntuj Hno (Hmong)

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.



Published Mar 10, 2019



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