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.
The Twin Cities are each in their second day of snow emergencies Thursday following the three inches of snow that fell on Christmas Eve. In St. Paul, parking is prohibited on all Day Plow routes beginning at 8 a.m., which include all non-posted east-west residential streets and the non-posted side of north-south residential streets. In Minneapolis, there is no parking on the even side of non-snow emergency routes from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
After Tuesday night’s snow fall, Minneapolis, St. Paul and plymouth have declared snow emergencies. Starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, parking is prohibited on both sides of Snow Emergency routes in Minneapolis. Then beginning Thursday at 8 a.m., you are not allowed to park on the even side of non-snow emergency streets. In St. Paul, parking is not allowed on all Night Plow routes beginning on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Then on Thursday at 8 a.m., plowing of Day Route streets will begin.
By Minneapolis city law, the winter season is considered Nov. 1 through April 1, meaning the city can’t declare a snow emergency, even if several inches fall on Thursday.
The City of Minneapolis will not declare a snow emergency Friday, but will send out plows to clear streets and alleys. St. Paul has declared a snow emergency effective 9 p.m. Friday night.
The Saint Paul Public Works is asking for residents to voluntarily move their cars this weekend to help snow plows continue to clear residential streets.
With 900 miles of streets, it takes a good three days for about 70 Minneapolis plows to get the city curb-to-curb clean.
The warm, brown winter that has disappointed snow lovers in much of the U.S. has put more green in the pockets of state and local governments that had their budgets busted last year by the high cost of plowing and running roaring furnaces.
The City of Minneapolis has declared its eight snow emergency this winter, which sets a new seasonal record.
Drivers are still flooding impound lots to pick up their cars after Minneapolis and St. Paul both declared snow emergencies this past weekend.
One city in southern Minnesota has already seen more snow than most would like to see all winter long.
Roads in Minnesota virtually shut down because of the snow. Plows were out most of the day, but just could not keep up. Once you hit the side streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul, things were even worse.