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Minneapolis Declares a Snow Emergency

Help spread the word about Minneapolis’ Snow Emergency
Help your friends and neighbors avoid a ticket and tow

Minneapolis has declared a Snow Emergency beginning today, December 29, 2015. City crews have been plowing and treating streets to keep them drivable. Now that a Snow Emergency is declared, parking restrictions will take effect beginning at 9 p.m., tonight (Tuesday), 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.

When a Snow Emergency is declared, parking rules go into effect so plows can clear the streets and fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and other vehicles can get around. In order for crews to plow streets completely, vehicles must be moved out of the way. It’s in everyone’s best interest to follow the parking rules so plows can do the best job possible, and folks can avoid a ticket and tow.

Snow Emergency parking rules
Tonight, Dec. 29, 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.
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2)
Do not park on the EVEN side of a non-Snow Emergency route until that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of a parkway until the parkway is fully plowed.
Thursday, Dec. 31, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3)
Do not park on the ODD side of a non-Snow Emergency route until that side of the street is fully plowed.

How to get Minneapolis Snow Emergency information

Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to learn when Snow Emergencies are declared and what to do when they are. People should put many of these tools to use, not just one or two. The more ways people use to learn about a Snow Emergency, the more prepared they will be to do their part, and the less likely they will be to be towed.

Hotline – By calling the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline, folks can find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared. The hotline will include the most current information regarding parking rules. The hotline includes information in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

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.

Phone alerts – Minneapolis uses a high-speed voice messaging system to alert residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. People can add cellphone numbers or any other phone number to this call list by signing up on the City’s website.

Email alerts – People can sign up to get automatic Snow Emergency email alerts.

Mobile app – The City’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android devices, contains detailed, timely and useful information including if a Snow Emergency has been declared. It also allows you to sign up for email and text alerts and features a quick call button that connects you to the Minneapolis Snow Emergency hotline. The app does not send push notifications, so when the snow flies, you will need to open the app to find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared.

The news media – News releases are sent to the news media so TV, radio stations and other news outlets can inform their viewers and listeners that a Snow Emergency is in effect.

Cable TV – 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.

Twitter – If you have a Twitter account, just follow Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Twitter. Both the Twitter and Facebook pages will tell fans and followers when a Snow Emergency is declared.

Digital billboards – Clear Channel Outdoor billboards in Minneapolis will display a message to inform the public when a Snow Emergency is declared.

Snow Emergencies are declared whenever there’s enough snowfall to warrant a complete plowing of city streets. To get that done, people need to follow the parking rules and move their vehicles so crews can plow full width. 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.

Snow Emergencies are not ways to generate revenue for the City. Towing and impounding vehicles is time consuming and expensive, and it makes plowing inefficient. It’s in everyone’s interest to help drivers follow the parking rules.
More information: www.minneapolismn.gov/snow

Remember to shovel sidewalks and shovel around your garbage carts
Sidewalks are a critical part of our city’s transportation system, and they should be open for everyone. That’s why Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall for houses and duplexes and four daytime hours for apartment and commercial buildings. Failure to shovel your walk could lead to a ticket plus the cost of crews shoveling it.

There may be resources for people who need help clearing their sidewalks. Call 311 for a list of available resources.