Snow Emergency and Winter Weather Reminders
Snow Emergency Policy
A Snow Emergency AUTOMATICALLY goes into effect when two or more inches of snow have accumulated. Vehicles must be moved off the street until the road has been cleared from curb to curb. Cars that are in violation may be ticketed and towed. The cost of a Snow Emergency parking violation is $77.
Changes to Snow Emergency Notification
Consistent with last year, the City will not alert or declare a snow emergency. Per City ordinance, a snow emergency AUTOMATICALLY goes into effect when two or more inches of snow have accumulated. Residents will need to watch the snowfall and move their vehicles off the road. If a resident is unclear whether a full 2 inches have accumulated, they should proactively move their vehicle off the street.
Public Parking Options During Snow Emergency
Residents may need to utilize public parking lots during a Snow Emergency to avoid getting ticketed and towed. Please see the attachment below to review our public parking options.
During an extended storm, when snow continues to fall for an extended period of time, our cleanup requires multiple passes and can take longer to complete. You are still required to keep vehicles off the street until the snowstorm has ended and the street has been plowed to its full width.
If your vehicle has been towed, it will be taken to Southeast Towing. You can reach them at 651-437-2446.
City code requires you to clear sidewalks on your property within 48 hours after the end of a snowfall for general public safety.
Seconds count during an emergency. If you have a fire hydrant on your property, please remember to shovel a path to the hydrant and a three-foot area around the hydrant so emergency personnel can access the hydrant in an emergency. Check the location of the hydrant nearest to your home. If this task is a burden for the homeowner, please offer to assist. Be a Hydrant Hero.
Garbage and Recycling Bins
Please do NOT place your garbage and recycling bins in the street during winter. This causes problems for our snowplows. You can put cans in your driveway, or on the curb. The lift arm on garbage/recycling trucks can reach to pick up cans up to two feet away from the curb.
Designated Snowmobile Routes
Snowmobile operation within the City is limited to a few select on-street routes and only for the purposes of getting between the operator's residence and designated snowmobile trail systems outside of the City.
Please see the map of the designated snowmobile routes for additional details.