'Tis the season (for parking tickets): Fall street sweeping begins in Twin Cities

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You can't say you weren't warned.

Minneapolis and St. Paul have begun fall street sweeping, and drivers are on alert to have their cars out of the way.

St. Paul kicked off its four-week cleaning process on Monday, and Minneapolis started on Tuesday.

The sweeping starts after the posting of "No Parking" signs on the affected roads (which both cities say will appear "at least 24 hours" before cleaning begins in a given area). In Minneapolis, thousands of robocalls will let residents know that leaving their cars in cleaning zones will result in a ticket and tow, according to a news release.

The automated calls, Minneapolis says, will go out to "listed, residential" phone numbers each evening during the four-week cleaning process.

In addition, alerts will also be posted to Minneapolis' Facebook and Twitter profiles, the Star Tribune notes.

The parking restrictions are effective from 7 a.m. to 4:3o p.m in Minneapolis and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in St. Paul.

Wondering if you left your car in an affected area, or when you'll have to give up your favorite curb? If you live in Minneapolis, you can check on the city's Street Sweeping Schedule Lookup here. St. Paul, meanwhile, offers an interactive map.

According to Minneapolis, the cleaning clears leaves and other debris from city gutters to prevent the clogging of storm drains and downstream water pollution.

And they're quite serious about it: in the 2012 fall cleanup, the city ticketed or towed over 6,500 cars in violation of the "No Parking" signs.

The sweeps will end in November.

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