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Don't let your Christmas gift be a trip to the tow lot

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Tow truck drivers will be out in full force Christmas night to remove vehicles not abiding by snow emergency guidelines.

Snow emergencies have been declared in both Minneapolis and St. Paul beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Here's a quick reminder on how the three-day, snow-clearing process goes down in Minneapolis:

DAY 1

Starting at 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. Thursday, there's no parking on either side of a snow emergency route (marked with red signs) until the street is fully plowed. However, you can park on either side of non-snow emergency routes until 8 a.m. Thursday.

DAY 2

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, do not park on the even side of a non-snow emergency route or either side of parkways. At this time, you can resume parking on snow emergency routes.

DAY 3

On Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., do not park on the odd side of non-snow emergency routes. You are allowed to park on snow emergency routes at this time also.

In St. Paul, cars that are not moved from night plow routes, which are designated by signage, by 9 p.m. Wednesday will be ticketed and towed.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, all the day plow routes will be plowed. If the street is not marked as a night plow route, it is considered a day plow route.

WCCO reports Plymouth declared a snow emergency Tuesday night. Parking is prohibited on all streets until they are plowed, according to the television station.

Not only can it take hours to retrieve your vehicle from an impound lot, but it's also pretty spendy. KSTP reported it cost a man in St. Paul more than $275.00 to get his car out of an impound lot in St. Paul earlier this month.

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