Updated: 01/15/2014 1:51 PM KSTP.com By: Megan Stewart
Several snow emergencies across the Twin Cities Metro have been declared in the wake of the significant snowfall on Tuesday.
When a Snow Emergency is declared, parking rules go into effect so plows can clear the streets and so fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and other vehicles can get around. In order for crews to plow streets completely, vehicles must be moved out of the way. Parking fines, towing and tickets could apply.
The City of St. Paul began plowing all night plow routes at 9 p.m. Tuesday. They will plow day plow routes starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
West St. Paul asked for all cars to be off streets before they began plowing at 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Cars are expected to be kept off roads for 48 hours.
The City of Minneapolis is also following suit by declaring a snow emergency that started at 9 p.m. Tuesday. On the first day of a snow emergency, from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday, do not park on either side of a snow emergency route. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, do not park on the even side of a non-Snow Emergency route. On Thursday, do not park on the odd side of a non-Snow Emergency route until the street is fully plowed.
Due to snow accumulations of more than three inches, St. Louis Park has banned all on-street parking. Vehicles are expected to remain off the streets until they are plowed to the curb on Thursday.
Find more information about Snow Emergencies in your community.