Snow Plows Out in Force throughout Twin Cities

Updated: 12/10/2012 7:48 AM KSTP.com By: Todd Wilson

Mike Ballard cleared his SUV of snow Sunday. He went into the University of St. Thomas early Sunday morning for a swim meet, and when he came out that night his car was covered in snow.

"It was a nice big snow but I didn't expect this; it looks like I have an extra topper on my car," Ballard said.

The city of St. Paul has 13 inches on the ground. A snow emergency was called and started at 9 p.m. Sunday on Night Plow Routes. These are typically the main streets. Parking is banned on these routes until snow is plowed all the way to the curb.

"They did a pretty good job," One driver said.

If you are unsure look for a sign like this one. The city of St. Paul says, It usually takes 8 to 12 hours to finish depending on the amount of snow.

As for day plow routes they will 8 a.m. Monday morning. Parking is banned on these routes. Day plow routes are the east-west residential streets plus one side of north-south residential streets, the side without the plowing signs.

The driving in the streets of Minneapolis is a challenge.

"It's smart to go slow," another driver said.

The city declared a snow emergency at 11:30 Sunday morning. For their day shift they had 43 plow trucks out clearing main streets. They started plowing alley's around one Sunday  afternoon and will finish early Monday morning.

Sunday night at 9 parking restrictions went into effect. This means no parking on both sides of snow emergency routes. And come Monday, public works will plow the even side of non-emergency routes.