Snow emergency rules for Minneapolis and St. Paul

A snow emergency has been declared in Minneapolis and St. Paul for Tuesday, Dec. 29. Below is a quick rundown of snow emergency parking rules for both cities.


Minneapolis snow emergency parking rules

The city of Minneapolis will declare a snow emergency before 6 p.m. after significant snowfall on any given day. Snow emergency parking rules begin at 9 p.m. on the day of the declaration. Vehicles in violation of snow emergency parking rules will be tagged and possibly towed to the Minneapolis impound lot.

Day 1 - No parking on snow emergency routes (marked with a red sign) beginning at 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. the next day.

Day 2 - No parking on the EVEN side of non-snow emergency routes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Day 3 - No parking on the ODD side of non-snow emergency routes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

After a street is fully plowed curb-to-curb, you are free to park there, even if snow emergency parking rules are still in effect. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.

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For latest snow emergency status in Minneapolis , call 612-348-SNOW. You can also check the snow emergency status on Facebook at and Twitter @MinneapolisSnow. You can subscribe to email or text alerts or an automated phone call at

St. Paul snow emergency parking rules

The city of St. Paul will typically declare a snow emergency after snowfalls of 3 inches or more, or after an accumulation of 3 inches or more from several snowfalls.

Day 1 - Snow emergencies begin with NIGHT PLOW ROUTES at 9 p.m. the day of the declared snow emergency. Night Plow Routes are marked with signs, except for downtown St. Paul where all streets are part of the Night Plow Route. Parking is banned on Night Plow Routes until the street is plowed full-width. Vehicles not moved from Night Plow Routes by 9 p.m. on the day of the declared snow emergency will be ticketed and towed.

Day 2 - Snow emergencies continue with DAY PLOW ROUTES the morning following the declared snow emergency. Plowing starts around 8 a.m. There are NO SIGNS on Day Plow Routes, but parking is banned on these routes until the street has been plowed full-width.

Next 4 days - Tagging and towing continues for 96 hours of night plow and day plow cycles following a snow emergency.

For the latest St. Paul snow emergency information, go to or call 651-266-PLOW. You can subscribe to snow emergency alerts at or text STPAUL SNOW to 468311 to get a text message when a snow emergency is declared.