Prepare for winter: make sure you’re ready for a Snow Emergency
With winter weather fast approaching, the Department of Public Works is now ready and equipped to plow and treat Minneapolis streets. Drivers should also make sure they’re prepared by knowing how to find out when a Snow Emergency is in effect.
Snow Emergencies are declared whenever there’s enough snowfall to warrant a complete plowing of our streets. 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.
Have multiple ways of learning about a Snow Emergency
Contrary to what many people assume, Snow Emergencies are not moneymakers for Minneapolis. Towing and impounding vehicles is expensive and leads to plowing inefficiencies, so it’s in everyone’s interest to help drivers follow the parking rules and avoid a ticket and tow.
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 many of these tools to use, not just one or two. The more ways they have to learn about a Snow Emergency, the more prepared they will be to do their part, and they’ll be less likely to 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 phone alert system to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. It is an automated notification system that can place thousands of calls per hour.
- E-mail alerts - You can sign up to get Snow Emergency alerts automatically e-mailed to you. Go to E-Mail and Text Message Snow Alerts for more details.
- The 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.
- 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. Go to www.facebook.com/MinneapolisSnowEmergency.
- Twitter – www.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.
Published Nov. 12, 2010