Snow emergency declared

A slow moving system that started blanketing Minneapolis with snow on Christmas day and continued through this morning caused the city to declare a snow emergency.

A snow advisory was in effect until noon today for the eastern portion of the Twin Cities metro area, according to the National Weather Service. Accumulations from Dec. 25 and today were expected to total 3 to 5 inches.

The snow emergency will be in effect through Dec. 28. Parking restrictions begin at 9 p.m.

Parking on streets with “Snow Emergency Route” signs is prohibited until 8 a.m. Dec. 27 or until the streets are completely clear. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 27, parking is not allowed on the even-numbered side of non-snow emergency route streets until they are clear. The odd-numbered sides get cleared from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 28 and parking there is prohibited during that time.

For more information, call the snow emergency hotline at 248-7669 or visit the city’s website, www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us.

Snow emergency declared

Minneapolis declared a snow emergency Sunday, putting in place special parking rules through 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Cars were prohibited Sunday from parking on snow emergency routes while plows cleared streets of about 4.5 inches of snow from the weekend storm. Cars are allowed to return to snow emergency routes once the street is fully plowed.

Cars are prohibited from parking on the even side of non-snow emergency routes or either side of parkways 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday. Cars are prohibited from parking on the odd side of non-snow emergency routes 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Tuesday.

For more information about Minneapolis snow emergency parking rules, call 348-SNOW. Parking information is also available in Spanish (673-3819), Somali (673-2141) and Hmong (673-2933).

To sign up for automated snow emergency alerts by phone, email or text message, visit the city’s website. The city webpage also includes interactive maps with information on where to park.