MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Both Minneapolis and St. Paul declared Snow Emergencies Sunday following the nearly half a foot of snowfall over the weekend.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, there have been at least 736 crashes and 282 vehicle spin outs in the state since the snow started falling on Saturday. In the metro area, there have been crashes and 140 spin outs on the highways and city streets.
Snow emergency parking restrictions for both cities started at 9 p.m. Sunday night to help crews to plow more than 1,000 miles of streets from curb to curb.
MINNEAPOLIS SNOW EMERGENCY RULES
Sunday, Dec. 11, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Day 1)
Do not park on EITHER side of a Snow Emergency route until 8 a.m., or the street is fully plowed.
Monday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2)
Do not park on the EVEN side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or until that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of a parkway until 8 p.m. or until the parkway is fully plowed.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3)
Do not park on the ODD side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or until that side of the street is fully plowed.
Residents are also required 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.
More information can be found on the City of Minneapolis website.
ST. PAUL SNOW EMERGENCY RULES
Beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday night, all night plow routes will be plowed. Night plow routes include streets with signs posted that say "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE" and "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE-THIS SIDE OF STREET."
Vehicles which are not moved from night plow routes by 9 p.m. on Sunday will be ticketed and towed.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, all day plow routes will be plowed. If the street is not marked as a “night plow route,” it is considered a day plow route.
Vehicles which are not moved from day plow routes by 8 a.m. on Monday will be ticketed and towed.
Parking is banned until streets are plowed full width.
More information can be found on the City of St. Paul website.