Minneapolis Snow Emergency Parking

City of Minneapolis Snow Emergencies

When the City of Minneapolis declares a snow emergency, it affects Minneapolis city streets.  A city declaration does not affect Augsburg lots or streets (however, you should pay attention to Augsburg announcements regarding snow removal and parking).

If you are parking on city streets around campus, be sure to know Minneapolis’ snow emergency rules (which are listed below).  Knowing the rules can help you avoid getting a ticket or getting towed.


 Keeping up with Snow Emergency Announcements

Check out the city’s snow emergency website for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding whether Minneapolis has declared a snow emergency and for applicable parking rules.  You can also look-up specific streets for parking rules.

To keep up-to-date you can:

  • Call 612-348-SNOW (7669) or TTY: (612) 673-2157
  • Sign-up for text message alerts on the snow emergency website.
  • Download Minneapolis’ Snow Emergency App for  iPhone or Android.

Snow Emergency Towing

The City of Minneapolis may TOW your vehicle if it is parked in violation of the Snow Emergency Parking Rules.  Your vehicle will be towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

The Impound Lot charges:

  • $138.00 for a standard tow
  • $175.00 for a heavy-duty tow (plus $45.00 per half-hour of winch time)
  • $18.00/day for storage
  • $6.00 for a notification letter

These charges are in addition to any tickets they city issues.

If your vehicle was towed during a snow emergency, it was likely taken to the Minneapolis Impound Lot. Visiting the Impound Lot website provides phone numbers and an online vehicle search.  The Impound Lot phone number is 612-673-3000 or 311.

 


Minneapolis Snow Emergency Parking Rules

The following are the rules for Minneapolis’ 3-day Snow Emergency Parking (taken from Minneapolis’ snow emergency website.

Day 1 – 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (overnight)

Do not park on either side of the street with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route. Snow plows will clear those streets first.

Minneapolis_Snow_Emergency_Route_Sign

A Snow Emergency will be declared no later than 6 p.m. on any given day. At 9 p.m. on that day, Snow Emergency parking rules begin.

Park on either side of non-Snow Emergency routes (these streets DO NOT have the red sign: Snow Emergency Route).

Snow Emergency Day 1: No parking on Snow Emergency Routes

After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.

What is a Snow Emergency Route?

See Snow Emergency Route/Day 1 Parking Rules Map

Day 2 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At 8 a.m., Day Two parking rules begin.

Do not park on the EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes. (Example: house address number: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.)

Do not park on either side of parkways.

Park on the odd side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 Maple or 2513 17th Ave.).

Park on either side of streets with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route.

Snow Emergency Day 2: No parking on EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes

After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.

What do ODD and EVEN mean?

What is a parkway?

See Day 2 Parking Rules Map.

Day 3 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At 8 a.m., Day Three parking rules begin.

Do not park on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 or 2513 17th Ave.).

Park on even side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets. (Example: house address number: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.)

Park on either side of streets marked with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route and you may park on parkways.

Snow Emergency Day 3: No parking on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency routes.

After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.

See Day 3 Parking Rules Map.