Winter Parking Rules & Snow Emergencies!

Winter is here, bringing the snow, cold and icy conditions along with it! Parking also becomes more difficult in some cities. To help prevent you from getting towed, here is a list of winter parking and snow plow guidelines for cities across the metro area:

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

  • 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.

South St. Paul:

If the snow is falling during the day, the maintenance crews will begin their plowing routes immediately and work until about 6 p.m. The crews will typically all go out again at 2 a.m. the next morning. If the snowfall begins at night, plow crews begin their routes between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Except when otherwise posted, marked or metered, a vehicle may not be parked on the streets or alleys in such a manner as to obstruct or interfere with snow plowing or snow removal." This means that all parked vehicles must be moved off the street before the snow plow crews begin their plowing routes.

A vehicle may not be upon any street in any one place for a longer continuous period than 20 hours." The purpose of this ordinance is to encourage residents to move their vehicles from the street and other public areas on a frequent basis to not interfere with snow plowing and public safety.

Unmoved vehicles slow down the city's plow trucks by requiring additional plow runs, and could result in the vehicle owner receiving a "snowbird" citation. Citations are issued by the police department after the streets have been cleared of snow. Vehicles still not moved will be towed to the impound lot, and the plow crews will then plow those areas where vehicles were removed. Owners of towed vehicles should be prepared to pay over $100 for the tow and storage.

North St. Paul:

Please remember the following:

• No parking on any street or alley between the hours of 1:00 am to 7:00 am.

• No Parking – two or more inches of snow.

• Vehicles must remain off the street or alley until they have been plowed.

• Keep your mailbox area clear of snow and clear a path to the fire hydrants close to your home.

West St. Paul:

Once a Snow Emergency is declared, enforcement will not begin until the following 2am. Snow Emergencies last for 48 hours from the time they are declared.

No parking after 2 a.m. until fully plowed (enforced by towing).

  • Annapolis

  • Bernard

  • Butler

  • Charlton

  • Delaware

  • Dodd

  • Emerson

  • Marie

  • Mendota

  • Moreland

  • Oakdale

  • Robert

  • Smith

  • Stryker

  • Thompson

  • Wentworth

All Other Streets & Alleys:

No Parking after 8 a.m. until street is fully plowed, or until 8 p.m., whichever comes first. "Snowbirds" are tagged and towed if not moved.

Sign Up for Snow Emergency Alerts:


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.