Day 3 of Snow Emergency under way, Winter Parking Restrictions resume 8 a.m. Thursday

City crews are continuing to plow and remove snow during the City's 5th Snow Emergency of the season – the most ever declared before Christmas. Minneapolis is currently in Day 3 of the Snow Emergency meaning parking is not allowed on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency routes. Day 3 Snow Emergency parking rules will end at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22 and Winter Parking Restrictions will resume at 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23. 

Between 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22 and 8 a.m., Thursday Dec. 23, people should move their cars from the EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes to the ODD side to be in compliance when the Winter Parking Restrictions resume. During Winter Parking Restrictions, parking is banned on the EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes. Drivers still need to follow all posted NO PARKING signs.

Winter Parking Restrictions were put into effect Friday, Dec. 17 in Minneapolis to ensure reliable access for emergency vehicles after a record December snowfall. Winter Parking Restrictions will be in place until April 1, unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier. Parking is allowed on both sides of Snow Emergency routes and parkways, and the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency routes, unless otherwise posted and provided a Snow Emergency has NOT been declared. Drivers parking in Minneapolis must follow these Winter Parking Restrictions, or they could be ticketed and towed. The decision to enact Winter Parking Restrictions was made by the Police Chief and City Engineer, who were also in consultation with the Fire Chief.

For more information about Snow Emergencies and Winter Parking Restrictions in Minneapolis, visit

Spreading the word about Snow Emergencies and Winter Parking Restrictions

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 22, 2010



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