Minneapolis, St. Paul declare snow emergencies

Both snow emergencies go into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
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Snow emergencies are in effect in Minneapolis and St. Paul as crews work to get the streets clear of snow after 7-8 inches was dumped on the Twin Cities. 

Minneapolis received an official tally of 8.5 inches, while St. Paul came in just under that at 7.4 inches. See a full list of area snowfall totals here

Minneapolis snow emergency

Parking rules on Minneapolis streets will go into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The snow emergency means there will be no on-street parking allowed between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday. Here are the rules, via the City of Minneapolis: 

"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."

Then, beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, Day 2 of the snow emergency goes into effect, meaning you cannot park on the even side of a non-snow emergency route (example: house address number that ends in an even number, like 1356). You are allowed to park on the odd side of such streets, and you can park on either side of streets with the red sign "Snow Emergency Route." 

Day 3 of the snow emergency begins at 8 a.m. Friday, and you cannot park on the odd side of the street. 

Check out the full snow emergency rules for the City of Minneapolis here

St. Paul snow emergency

More than 50 plows will be clearing St. Paul streets on Thanksgiving Day, which will feature "Day Plow" routes mainly on east-west residential streets. You can see Day Plow routes right here

Here's the day-by-day snow emergency rules. 

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, 11/27/2019, all NIGHT PLOW ROUTES will be plowed. Do not park on Night Plow Routes, which include downtown and all streets with signs posted "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE" and "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE THIS SIDE OF STREET."

Vehicles which are not moved from Night Plow Routes by 9 p.m. 11/27/2019, will be ticketed and towed.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, 11/28/2019, all DAY PLOW ROUTES will be plowed. Do not park on Day Plow Routes. Day Plow Routes are not marked by signs. If there are no “Night Plow" signs posted within the block, then consider it a Day Plow Route.

Vehicles which are not moved from Day Plow Routes by 8 a.m. 11/28/2019, will be ticketed and towed.

Always follow all posted street signs. Do not park vehicles where signs indicate "No Parking." A Snow Emergency lasts 96 hours, or until December 1, 2019 at 9 p.m. To avoid a ticket or tow, do not park in areas where streets are not plowed to the curb."

"Due to the timing of the winter storm, we understand that declaring a Snow Emergency during the Thanksgiving holiday is an inconvenience and poses additional travel challenges for our residents, visitors, and dedicated plow drivers during an already busy travel weekend," the City of St. Paul said in a release. 

Multiple Twin Cities suburbs also have snow emergencies in place. You can find a full list of snow emergency information here, courtesy of WCCO.

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