It’s that time of year again! With accumulated snow come snow emergencies in Minneapolis.
A Snow Emergency will be declared no later than 6 p.m. on any given day. At 9 p.m. on that day, Snow Emergency parking rules begin.
On the first day of a snow emergency, do not park on either side of the street with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route. Snow plows will clear those streets first. It is okay to park on either side of non-Snow Emergency routes. These are the streets that do not have the red signs that say Snow Emergency Route.
On the second day of the snow emergency, new parking rules begin. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., park on the odd side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets. Do not park on the even side of non-Snow Emergency routes. Do not park on either side of parkways. And because they should be cleared already, it is okay to park on either side of streets with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route.
On day three, park on the even sides of the non-Snow Emergency Route streets. Do not park on the odd sides.
After any street is fully plowed to the curb, it is okay to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed to the curb. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed to the curb before parking.
How do you find out about Snow Emergencies? There are a few ways, including news sources, radio stations, and the 24-hour snow hotline, which can be reached at (612) 348-7669 (SNOW). The City also sends alerts through e-mail, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.