Minneapolis declares snow emergency as historic storm looms

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Minneapolis officials have declared a Snow Emergency beginning today, Feb. 22 as an historic storm predicted to dump nearly 20 inches of snow in some areas moves in. City crews have been plowing and treating streets to keep them drivable.

Now that a Snow Emergency has been declared, these parking rules will take effect beginning at 9 p.m. tonight so crews can plow more than 1,000 miles of streets as wide as possible. 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.

When a Snow Emergency is declared, parking rules take effect so plows can clear the streets and emergency vehicles and other cars 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 people can avoid a ticket and tow.

Winter Parking Restrictions resume once the three-day Snow Emergency ends. Parking will then be banned on the EVEN numbered side of non-Snow-Emergency routes until April 1, unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier.

Snow Emergency parking rules

  • Starting at 4 p.m. today, you may move your vehicle off of Snow Emergency Routes and onto either side of streets that are not Snow Emergency Routes. Beginning 9 p.m., follow the standard Snow Emergency parking rules for Days 1, 2 and 3.
  • 9 p.m. today, Feb. 22 to 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 (Day 1)
    Do not park on side of a Snow Emergency route until 8 a.m., or the street is fully plowed.
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 (Day 2) 
    Do not park on the EVEN numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of a parkway until 8 p.m., or the parkway is fully plowed.
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 (Day 3) 
    Do not park on the ODD numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed.
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Friday 24
    Winter Parking Restrictions resume. Do not park on the EVEN numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes.

For more information on Snow Emergencies in Minneapolis, visit minneapolismn.gov/snow.

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