Some Minn. Cities Declare Snow Emergencies

Updated: 02/17/2014 8:43 PM By: Leslie Dyste

Photo: KSTP/File
Photo: KSTP/File

Temporary parking restrictions have been imposed in Minneapolis, St. Paul and several suburbs so plows can clear away as much as a half-foot of snow from the latest storm to hit Minnesota.
It's the sixth snow emergency of the winter for Minneapolis, which usually declares only three in a normal winter.
The National Weather Service measured 6.4 inches of snow Monday at its forecast office in Chanhassen, and reports from 4 to more than 5 inches were common from Willmar in the west to St. Cloud in central Minnesota, and Albert Lea and Mankato in the south.

Between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m., troopers responded to 84 crashes in the metro. According to Lieutenant Eric Roeske, 13 of those resulted in injuries. meteorologist Dave Dahl says temperatures should get close to 40 Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.

The following cities have contacted our newsroom to announce snow emergencies:

The City of St. Paul will begin plowing all night plow routes at 9 p.m. Monday. They will plow day plow routes starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The City of Minneapolis declared a snow emergency that goes into effect at 9 p.m. Monday. On the first day of a snow emergency, from 9 p.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday, do not park on either side of a snow emergency route. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, do not park on the even side of a non-Snow Emergency route. On Wednesday, do not park on the odd side of a non-Snow Emergency route until the street is fully plowed.

West St. Paul asked for all cars to be off streets before they begin plowing at 2 a.m. on Tuesday. Cars are expected to be kept off roads for 48 hours.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.