The Twin Cities have already implemented winter parking restrictions due to this season’s combo of relentless snow and persistent, frigid cold, and now parking restrictions are coming to the western suburbs.
This winter hasn’t just been tough on our commutes and our psyche, it’s been rough on city budgets, too.
Due to the almost 57 inches of snow that has fallen in Minneapolis so far this season, city officials will implement winter parking restrictions beginning on Sunday morning. The restrictions effectively ban parking on the even side of all non-snow emergency routes beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, and will last until April 1, according to city officials. The ban may be lifted before that end date if conditions improve.
After two days with highs in the 40s, a winter storm slammed into Minnesota Thursday, bringing blizzard conditions to the southern part of the state and threatening to dump well over 10 inches of snow overnight in the eastern-most counties.
When the snow is piled so high that your neighborhood is almost unrecognizable, why not grab your friends and pile on. While the kids built snow forts and had snowball fights in one Champlin neighborhood, the adults worked by clearing sidewalks and driveways. Katie Matzke says the milder temperatures make this storm much easier to endure. “Today is just great. The kids can get out and have so much fun in the snow, and get some of their wiggles out, whereas before when it was so cold they couldn’t even go outside,” Matzke said. “I mean, it was just plain too dangerous.
Minneapolis is known as the City of Lakes, but lately it’s looked more like the city of snow. Lisa McCulloch says the snow piles are in the way of everyone’s day-to-day operations. “That’s all you see are snow piles. You trudge over them to keep walking on the sidewalks,” McCulloch said. “Driving, I’d feel like I can’t quite see around that corner or I’m not sure if somebody is coming.”
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 City of Minneapolis is reminding its residents who park on the street that the recently issued snow emergency has not expired. City officials said Friday is Day 3 of the snow emergency.
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.
The City of St. Paul declared a snow emergency on Tuesday so crews can get out and clear snow after the recent warm-up in the Twin Cities, Mayor Chris Coleman said. The snow emergency will go into effect at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
A lot of Twin Cities communities are under snow emergencies Wednesday morning, including Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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 St. Paul impound lot says its received more than 1,000 cars since snow emergency began in the city over the weekend.
City officials say plows will be in operation on residential streets during the day Tuesday, and they are asking residents to move their cars off streets to help with the plow effort.