Second consecutive Snow Emergency in Minneapolis beginning Monday, Dec. 13

Following the fifth largest snowfall in city history, Minneapolis officials have declared a second consecutive Snow Emergency beginning today, Dec. 13, 2010. A second Snow Emergency was needed following the weekend blizzard that dropped more than 17 inches of snow – the most since Halloween 1991 - on city streets. While crews were able to hit 95 percent of streets and 100 percent of alleys, there is still much work that needs to be done to make the streets safe and drivable for our emergency crews and the public.

City crews have been working around the clock since Friday evening, plowing and treating streets but were faced with the worst conditions in decades. Plows found themselves getting stuck in huge snow drifts, much like other drivers did during the height of the storm. In addition, residents were not able to dig their cars out to move them and comply with Snow Emergency parking rules, which made for even more difficult plowing conditions. In fact, the City waived the tow fee for all those who have been towed during the first Snow Emergency, recognizing that folks were trying to comply but simply couldn’t (towing fees will not be waived during the second Snow Emergency).

This second Snow Emergency will allow crews to thoroughly plow all the City streets and alleys, and get to any areas that may have been missed. Snow Emergency parking restrictions will take effect beginning at 9 p.m., Monday, so crews can plow more than 1,500 miles of streets and alleys. If your street or alley was missed by a snow plow, residents should call 311.

It is important to follow the Snow Emergency parking rules. If you can’t park in an area because it hasn’t been plowed yet, find another place to park that complies with the parking rules. Working together, City crews can deliver the high-quality plowing services that residents demand.

Snow Emergency parking rules

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

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. We advise 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.

Published Dec. 13, 2010