Minneapolis declares Snow Emergency

Minneapolis officials have declared a Snow Emergency beginning, Wednesday, Dec. 9. 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., Wednesday, 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.

Snow Emergency parking rules

Wednesday, Dec. 9 , 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.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2)

Do not park on the EVEN side of a non-Snow Emergency route, or on EITHER side of a parkway until the street is fully plowed.

Friday, Dec. 11, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3)

Do not park on the ODD side of a non-Snow Emergency route until the street is fully plowed.

For more information visit the Snow page on our website.

Spreading the word about Snow Emergencies

The City of Minneapolis uses a number of ways to help folks learn about and follow the Snow Emergency parking rules.

New this year, the City of Minneapolis is asking folks on Facebook to use their profiles to help alert their friends to a Snow Emergency. We’re asking them to find out what type of Snow Emergency person they are and come up with an image that reflects that. When a Snow Emergency is in effect, we want them to swap out their regular profile picture to that special Snow Emergency image. The City is also asking people to change their status updates to indicate that a Snow Emergency has been declared. That way, their friends and families will also be alerted that a Snow Emergency is in effect so they can and avoid parking in the way of the snow plows.

Published Dec. 9, 2009