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Another snow emergency... so now where do you park?

Minneapolis and St. Paul have temporarily halted winter parking restrictions.

The phrase "jumping through hoops" may come to mind if you're one of those Twin Cities drivers who don't have the luxury of off-street parking this winter.

That's because both St. Paul and Minneapolis have called snow emergencies in light of this weekend's huge snowfall.

The declaration likely caused a collective groan across the metro, as winter parking restrictions were already in place in both cities.

But don't worry — those restrictions have been put on hold, meaning you can treat this as you would a normal snow emergency ("normal" being a very relative term here).

Still, the rules can be pretty confusing, so here's a quick lowdown on where you can, and can't, park your car for the next couple of days.

The rules

In both Minneapolis and St. Paul, the winter parking bans prohibit anyone from parking on the EVEN side of residential streets until April 1.

But now that both cities have temporarily suspended those bans, you're safe to park your car on either side of the street as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

That is, until 9 p.m. Sunday night, when the plowing begins.

From there, things will proceed in a way you're used to if you've been through the snow emergency song-and-dance before, though be warned that when it's over, the one-sided parking bans go back into effect.

In the meantime, if you're in St. Paul, the street lookup map is right here, and here's the one for Minneapolis

A busy winter

The snow emergencies have resulted in lots of tickets and tows — and, of course, lots of money for both cities' coffers.

According to the Pioneer Press, nearly 1,500 St. Paul drivers have been cited during the winter parking restrictions.

Additionally, the average snow emergency this winter "resulted in 2,800 citations and 475 tows," the paper notes.

In Minneapolis, the numbers are similar. 

So far this year, the city has had to tow over 2,700 cars, KARE 11 reported last month — so that's not even counting the tows that have happened since the one-sided parking ban was declared.

And those fees can add up. In St. Paul, you're looking at a $56 parking ticket if you violate parking rules, $202 to get your car out of the impound lot, and a $15 storage fee, according to the city's website.

In Minneapolis, a standard tow charge is $138, while the storage fee is $18 per day (plus a parking ticket).

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