Tow truck drivers are still picking up cars parked on unplowed streets and dragging them to the Minneapolis impound lot. It’s been like that for nearly three days, ever since the city imposed a snow emergency, which is designed to get cars off the streets to allow plows to get rid of all the snow.
This winter hasn’t just been tough on our commutes and our psyche, it’s been rough on city budgets, too.
Temporary parking restrictions have been imposed in Minneapolis, St. Paul and several suburbs so plows can clear away as much as a half-foot of snow from the latest storm to hit winter-weary Minnesota.
On Wednesday morning, crews across the Twin Cities were working hard to clear all the snow from the streets after many of them declared snow emergencies. As always, that meant drivers needed to be extra cautious of where they parked, or end up getting towed.
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.
Several residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul woke up Thursday with a big headache on their hands after their car got towed. Snow emergencies went into effect Wednesday night after our first winter storm dumped several inches of snow across much of the Twin Cities.
Yes, it feels like winter today. But if you need more proof that spring is coming, consider this — April 1 is the last day for declaring snow emergencies in Minneapolis.
Thousands of Minnesota students had the day off, dozens of flights were canceled and the cleanup is far from over after the Twin Cities got hit with about a foot of snow over the past two days, culminating with Tuesday’s heavy downfall.
Eric Edgett has been plowing driveways and parking lots since midnight. With snow continuing to fall, it’s likely to be hours before he gets a chance to rest.
Things are getting back to normal around Minnesota and Wisconsin after a blast of winter weather.
After the storm, people are still dealing with what it left behind. Hundreds of Minnesota drivers are left paying repair bills from crashes or impound fees from having their car towed.
A number of electronic signs should help alert motorists avoid getting ticketed and towed in Minneapolis this winter.
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 lack of snow may be costing some businesses a lot of money, but it is having the opposite effect for many cities.
The City of Minneapolis has declared its eight snow emergency this winter, which sets a new seasonal record.