Snow Emergency Keeps Plows, Impound Lot Busy

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The snow emergency began at 9 p.m. Saturday night, and it didn’t take long for cars to start being hauled in for parking on a snow route in the city.

“We live in Minnesota. We get snow. We got to plow the streets,” said Vicky Stich.

Stich has been plowing Minneapolis streets for 34 years.

She knows what needs to be done after a big snow.

“We’re opening up the centers so traffic can get through so they don’t sit and spin and get stuck,” said Stich.

She plowed streets all day Saturday to keep city them driveable.

Parking restrictions began at 9 p.m., requiring parked cars to leave the road so Stich and other crews can plow the more the 1,000 miles of streets from curb to curb.

“Some of our streets are narrow and our fire trucks are huge and the ambulances need to get through. It’s just a matter of saving a live,” explained Stich.

In order to not get ticketed or towed, drivers should not park on either side of a snow emergency route until the street is fully plowed.

Sunday beginning at 8 a.m., drivers should not park on the even-numbered street address side of a non-snow emergency route or either side of a parkway until the street is fully plowed.

Drivers who don’t follow the rules may be in for a long, cold wait in line at the impound lot to pay to get their vehicle back.

St. Paul has also declared a snow emergency. It, too, began at 9 p.m. Saturday.

To find out how to know if there is a snow emergency in your city and what the rules are, visit WCCO’s Snow Emergency Information resource.

UPDATE:

Minneapolis has declared a snow emergency for Sunday.

The second day of a Minneapolis snow emergency means parking is restricted on the even sides of non-snow emergency routes from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., or until the side has been fully plowed.

Parking is also not allowed on either side of parkways from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or until the street has been fully plowed.

Minneapolis residents must move vehicles from the odd side of non-snow emergency routes to the event side between 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday.

If the city declares a third day of a Minneapolis snow emergency, parking will be restricted on the odd sides of non-snow emergency routes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or until the side has been fully plowed.

After 8 p.m. on Monday, Minneapolis residents may park vehicles on both sides of all streets until the next snow emergency is declared, unless posted otherwise.

For more information on snow emergencies, call (612) 348-SNOW (7669).

WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman Reports

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