Snow Emergencies Keep Impound Lots Full

Updated: 01/20/2014 6:46 AM By: Jennie Olson

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Snow in Owatonna.
Snow in Owatonna.
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With snow emergencies in effect in some Minnesota cities, many drivers have made unwanted visits to impound lots.

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul declared a snow emergency over the weekend. Between Saturday and Sunday night, crews towed about 1,500 vehicles in the two cities.

To avoid getting ticketed or towed in Minneapolis on Monday, don’t park on the odd side of non-snow emergency routes starting at 8 a.m. In St. Paul, you can’t park on any unplowed street.

The following cities in the metro have contacted our newsroom to announce their snow emergency parking restrictions.


No on-street parking is allowed until the street has been plowed curb-to-curb.

Golden Valley

The City of Golden Valley has declared a snow emergency starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. Parking is prohibited on public streets after a snowfall of at least two inches until snow has stopped falling and the street has been plowed to the curb line (or edge of the street if there is no curb). Vehicles in violation may cited by police.


The City of Lonsdale is declaring a snow emergency effective 1/18/14 at 5:00a.m. until all City streets are plowed curb to curb.


Minneapolis officials have declared a Snow Emergency beginning Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Parking restrictions will take effect beginning at 9 p.m., Saturday.

When a Snow Emergency is declared, parking rules go into effect so plows can clear the streets and fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and other vehicles can then get around and park. In order for crews to plow streets completely, vehicles must be moved out of the way. It’s in everyone’s best interest to follow the parking rules so plows can do the best job possible, and folks can avoid a ticket and tow.


Residents are not allowed to park vehicles on City streets starting at midnight until 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Then, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight residents are allowed to park on city streets. However, beginning at midnight until 6:00 a.m. the following morning, parking will be prohibited. After 6:00 a.m. on the second day of the snow emergency, the emergency will be considered over and residents may park vehicles on the city streets.

St. Louis Park

With more than three inches of snow accumulation, on-street parking is now banned in the City of St. Louis Park. Vehicles must remain parked off street to avoid ticketing and towing until streets have been plowed to the curb following the end of the storm. With snow accumulations expected to continue throughout the day, cars should remain off the streets until they are plowed to the curb.

St. Paul

The City of St. Paul has declared a snow emergency beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. All residential streets will be plowed and all vehicles should be off the snow emergency routes. The city will issue tickets and tow vehicles not moved in time for the plows to begin removing snow

Get more snow emergency information where you live here.