St. Paul, Minneapolis Declare Snow Emergencies
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The latest round of overnight snow across the Twin Cities has caused a few communities to declare snow emergencies.
The City of St. Paul joined Bloomington, Lonsdale, St. Louis Park, Mendota Heights and Osseo after four to five inches of snow fell late Friday night and into Saturday morning. St. Paul city officials said their snow emergency goes into effect at 9 p.m.
Starting at that time, all night plow routes will be plowed and any cars parked on those streets will be ticketed and towed. Starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, all day plow routes will be plowed. Any street not marked with a night plow route sign is considered a day plow route. If vehicles parked on those streets aren’t moved by 8 a.m. Sunday, they’ll be ticketed and towed.
Parking is banned on until streets are plowed curb-to-curb.
Minneapolis has also declared a snow emergency. From 9 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday, there is no parking on either side of a snow emergency route until the street is fully plowed. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, there is no parking on the even side of a non-snow emergency route or on either side of a parkway until they are fully plowed.
From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, there is no parking on the odd side of non-snow emergency routes until they are fully plowed.
If your car violates any of those rules, it will be ticketed and towed.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports
Mike Kennedy with the Minneapolis Public Works Department said snow emergencies are tougher on weekends with less staff in place.
“It’s tough on weekends, when we don’t have that normal cadence of people at work, and Sunday morning church services.” Kennedy said.
Kennedy said crews will plow more than 1,000 miles of streets from curb to curb.