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Snow Emergency Information

There is currently no snow emergency in effect.

When a snow emergency is declared, residents are asked to follow specific parking guidelines to allow for efficient snow removal operations. Vehicles in violation of parking restrictions will be ticketed and towed.


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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 that say "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE" or "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE THIS SIDE OF STREET."
  • All of downtown Saint Paul is part of the Night Plow Route, even though no signs are posted.
  • Parking is banned on Night Plow Routes until the street is plowed full-width.
  • Vehicles which are not moved from Night Plow Routes by 9 p.m. on the day of the declared snow emergency will be ticketed and towed.

    Look for these signs:

    Images of signs indicating plowing will happen

Snow emergencies continue with DAY PLOW ROUTES the morning following the declared snow emergency.

  • Plowing starts after night routes are plowed, which is typically around 8 a.m.
  • There are NO SIGNS on Day Plow Routes.
  • Parking is banned on these routes until the street has been plowed full-width.
  • Vehicles which are not moved from Day Plow Routes by 8 a.m. the day after the snow emergency has been declared will be ticketed and towed.

Tagging and Towing Continues for 96 Hours
After the first two phases of the snow emergency are complete, follow-up plowing, sanding and salting and miscellaneous cleanup follows for as long as is required. Any vehicle parked in an area that has not been plowed full-width is subject to ticketing and towing for 4 days (or 96 hours) after the emergency has been declared.


Ticketing and Towing
If your vehicle was towed during a snow emergency, visit the Ticketing, Towing and Storage Fees page to find impound lot location information.

To report vehicles that are in violation of snow emergency parking restrictions, call 651-266-9800, option 2.

Property Damaged from Snow Plows
If your property has been damaged by a snow plow, we apologize. Please call 651-266-9700 or email to report the damaged property and crews will be out to address it.
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