Mpls. Snow Emergency Unlikely
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – By Minneapolis city law, the winter season is considered Nov. 1 through April 1, meaning the city most likely won’t declare a snow emergency, even if several inches fall on Thursday.
This doesn’t mean the city isn’t going to plow, it just means you won’t be obligated to move your cars for curb-to-curb plowing.
The city says it’s a common sense policy because at this point in the spring, the snow is going to melt quickly.
The last time the metro got this much snow in April was 2002 when 7.6 inches fell.
The city ordinance declaring the winter season November through March was set back in 1983.
While the city has put away some winter equipment, Minneapolis will still have the de-icing spreaders and plows out Wednesday night.
St. Paul does not have the same restrictions, but the city’s public works say they’re not even sure yet if they’ll declare a snow emergency.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak tweeted out the following.
Reports that Mpls Ordinances prevent us from declaring snow emergency in April are FALSE. We can but let’s take this 1 flake at a time
— Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) April 10, 2013