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Snow is coming – which means so are snow emergencies and parking restrictions

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Pay attention to where you park tonight.

With a whole lot of snow expected for parts of the state Monday, there will undoubtedly be some snow emergencies/parking restrictions so plows can clear streets. Violating the snow emergency rules usually results in your car getting towed.

The rules are different for each city – here's a look at where to check if there's a snow emergency/parking restrictions, and what you need to worry about for five of the state's biggest cities, plus links for more information.

Minneapolis

Where to check:The city's website

Minneapolis will call a snow emergency after "significant snowfall," and will declare it by 6 p.m. Restrictions start at 9 .m. that night, and last through the next two days. (Click here for the details.)

You can sign up for email, text, or phone alerts for snow emergencies. There's also a dedicated Facebook and Twitter accounts which issue updates.

St. Paul

Where to check:The city's website, or call 651-266-PLOW

Snowfall of 3 inches or more will "typically" result in a snow emergency in St. Paul. You've got until 9 p.m. that night to move off any "Night Plow Route" streets – then at 8 a.m. the next day, you've gotta move. (Check out the specifics here.)

You can subscribe to get email or text updates. They're available in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali.

Rochester

Where to check: You can call 311, and check media broadcasts

Winter parking rules are usually implemented when 3 or more inches of new snow falls. When that happens, pay attention to the signs – snow emergency routes can't be parked on, and most other residential streets you switch sides depending on which day it is. (Here are the detailed rules.)

Duluth

Where to check: Call the "Winter Watch Hotline" at 218-730-5100

Duluth's parking rules are actually in effect year-round. One week you can only park on odd-numbered sides, the next week, even-numbered – and it switches back and forth every week throughout the year. (See the schedule here.)

You can park on the streets after a snow storm, but have to follow the calendar rules. The city suggests, if possible, parking your car off the street to help things go faster.

Bloomington

Where to check: The snow emergency hotline at 952-563-8768

If a snow emergency has been declared, there's a parking ban on city streets – which police enforce, the city says.

You can sign up for email or text alerts here, and also check the city's Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

Brooklyn Park – No parking on city streets until they've been plowed.

Plymouth – No parking on city streets after more than 2 1/2 inches of snowfall, until it's been cleared.

Woodbury – More than 2 inches of snow means no on-street parking until plows come through.

Eagan – Day-to-day switching whether you can park on the even or odd side of the street during the winter.

Eden Prairie – No parking on city streets when a snow emergency is declared.

St. Cloud – Odd/even parking regulations are in effect all winter. If there's a snow emergency and you violate the regulations, you'll be towed.

Mankato – No parking on city streets during a snow emergency.

Moorhead – If the city gets more than 2 inches of snow, plow parking rules go into effect.

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