City declares Snow Emergency

City officials have declared a Snow Emergency.

Here’s a rundown of the parking rules and other information from the city: 


Tonight, Feb. 2, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.  (Day 1) Do not park on EITHER side of a Snow Emergency route until the street is fully plowed.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2) Do not park on the EVEN side of a non-Snow Emergency route until that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of a parkway until the parkway is fully plowed. 

Thursday, Feb. 4, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3) Do not park on the ODD side of a non-Snow Emergency route until that side of the street is fully plowed.

For more information on Snow Emergencies in Minneapolis, visit 

Spreading the word about Snow Emergencies

Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to learn when Snow Emergencies are declared and what to do when they are. We’re advising drivers to put many of these tools to use, not just one or two. The more ways people use to learn about a Snow Emergency, the more prepared they will be to do their part, and the less likely they will be to be towed because they didn’t know one was declared.

Hotline – By calling the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline, folks can find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared. If a Snow Emergency is in effect, the hotline will have information on that day’s parking restrictions that drivers need to follow to avoid tickets and tows. The hotline includes information in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. 

The City’s website – Go to to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared and for a wealth of information on SnowEmergencies in many languages. Also, check out the street lookup, which lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a SnowEmergency.

Phone alerts – Minneapolis uses a phone alert system to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. It is an automated notification system that can place thousands of calls per hour. You can add your cellphone or unlisted landline number to the alert system by signing up at 

Email and text alerts – You can sign up to get Snow Emergency alerts automatically emailed to you, or texted to your phone. Go for more details. 

App for Android devices and iPhones – Drivers who have Android devices or iPhones can download the Snow

Emergency app. During a Snow Emergency, the app will tell them the parking rules for that day. It also has a street lookup, which lets them see where they can park on that day by street address or by having the device’s location services function approximate their locations.

Remember to shovel sidewalks and shovel around your garbage carts

Sidewalks are a critical part of our city’s transportation system, and they should be open for everyone. That’s why Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall for houses and duplexes and four daytime hours for apartment and commercial buildings. Failure to shovel your walk could lead to a ticket plus the cost of crews shoveling it. 

There may be resources for people who need help clearing their sidewalks. People can call 311 for a list of resources that might be available.