Hundreds of Minnesotans Start Day at Impound Lot

Updated: 02/11/2013 2:30 PM By: Leslie Dyste

As snow and sleet started to pile up, some cities declared snow emergencies throughout the state.

Minneapolis and St. Paul, among other cities, have snow emergencies in effect all day Monday.

If you leave your car on a snow emergency route in Minneapolis or St. Paul, it will be tagged and towed. You will then have to pay the parking fine and the impound lot fees before your car is released to you.

Minneapolis towed a total of 343 vehicles on the first day of its snow emergency.

The following cities throughout the state have declared snow emergencies:


The City of Bloomington has declared a snow emergency for Sunday and Monday.

Golden Valley:

The city will begin plowing all City streets beginning at 12 a.m. No parking is allowed on any street until plowing has been completed.


A snow emergency has been declared for the City of Hopkins. No parking is permitted on any city street, city parking lot or municipal ramp until plowed completely.

Mendota Heights

The City of Mendota Heights has declared a snow emergency that began at 3 p.m. Sunday. The snow emergency will last until streets are plowed their full width.


The City of Minneapolis has declared a snow emergency that began at 9 p.m. Sunday. Click here for complete rules on where to park in the city.


No parking allowed on city streets until they are plowed curb to curb.

Sauk Centre:

Effective at 10 p.m. on Sunday, a Snow Emergency has been declared for the City of Sauk Centre for 24 hours or until lifted. Vehicles parked on the street are subject to ticket and towing.

St. Cloud:

Effective 12:01 a.m. Monday. This emergency will be in effect for 72 hours unless rescinded earlier due to favorable weather conditions.

Be advised that in a Snow Emergency, parking regulations will be enforced and towing of illegally parked vehicles will commence immediately.

St. Paul:

A snow emergency is declared in St. Paul that began at 9 p.m. Sunday night. Click here for more details.

West St. Paul:

Find your city's snow emergency rules here.