Winter Parking Rules In St. Paul & Minneapolis


It's almost that wonderful time of the year - time for snow covered roads, longer commutes, and snow emergencies! Don't be caught off guard - make sure you know the winter parking rules in your city!


St. Paul


Snow Emergencies - Day One:


Snow Emergencies begin with NIGHT PLOW ROUTES at 9 p.m. the day of the declared Snow Emergency.

  • Beginning at 9 p.m. the day a Snow Emergency has been declared, parking is not allowed on streets marked with signs that say "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE" or "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE THIS SIDE OF STREET."

  • All of downtown Saint Paul is no parking at night during a Snow Emergency even though it is not signed.

  • Parking is allowed on Day Plow Routes (streets/sides of streets that DO NOT have Night Plow Route signs).

  • Night Plow Routes are plowed from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Day Two:


Snow Emergencies continue with DAY PLOW ROUTES the morning following the declared Snow Emergency.

  • Starting at 8 a.m. after a Snow Emergency has been declared, parking is allowed in areas on Night Plow Routes.

  • Day Plow Routes do NOT have signs.

  • Parking is not allowed on Day Plow Routes (streets or sides of streets with NO Night Plow Route signs) until the street is plowed.

  • Day Plow Routes are plowed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After Night and Day Plow Routes are completed (Clean Up Phase):


Up to 96 hours after a Snow Emergency has gone into effect, crews are doing clean up efforts which may include salting, anti-icing, and "push backs" (plowing snow where parked cars have since moved). To avoid a ticket and tow, do not park in areas that have not been plowed to the curb.


To receive alerts about snow emergencies:


PHONE: Call 651-266-PLOW for a recorded message about the current Snow Emergency status.

  • WEBSITE: Check the Snow Emergency status and more at stpaul.gov/snow.

  • EMAIL: Subscribe to "SnowAlert" and receive an email and/or text message (in English, Spanish, Hmong or Somali) when a Snow Emergency is declared.

  • TEXT: Text STPAUL SNOW to 468311 to receive a text message when a Snow Emergency is declared.


Minneapolis:


Snow Emergencies are called after significant snowfall and before 6 p.m. on any given day. During a Snow Emergency, special parking rules go into effect that allow City crews to plow streets and emergency vehicles to travel safely.


Day One: 9PM to 8AM (Overnight)

  • Do not park on either side of the street with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route. Snow plows will clear those streets first. After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect.

Day Two: 8AM-8PM

  • 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.

Day Three: 8AM-8PM

  • 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.

To register for Snow Emergency alerts: http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_stay-informed

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