Snow Plowing Information
A Snow Emergency has been declared on 1/11/17 at 12:00pm.
SNOW EMERGENCY UPDATE for Thursday (01/12)
-As of 1600 hours, all St. Paul night and day plow routes have been cleared full width where sufficient access was available.
-Any vehicle parked in an area that has not been plowed full-width is subject to ticketing and towing for up to 96 hours after the emergency was officially declared.
-All arterial streets are safe and passable with some drive lanes and many parking lanes with packed snow conditions.
-All residential streets are safe and passable with predominant packed snow conditions.
-Cold pavement temperatures will continue through tomorrow and will limit effectiveness of applied salt. All roadway users are encouraged to be cautious and allow extra travel time for commutes.
-Normal staffing will resume for Street Maintenance for night shift starting tonight, 01/12.
-Clearing of identified city steps and walks will be initiated with day staffing starting Friday, 01/13.
-Push backs (areas where cars remained parked during snow operations) will continue to be addressed with normal staffing until complete.
SNOW EMERGENCY UPDATE FOR 12:00PM 1/11/17
We have been clearing snow on main streets for the past 24 hours and will be doing so all day today, this evening, overnight, and throughout the day tomorrow.
Friendly Reminder: we clear main streets throughout a snowfall. We clear residential streets when a snow emergency goes into effect - after 9pm the day it is declared. That means that when a snow emergency is declared, we won't begin plowing residential streets until 9pm tomorrow evening.
We often get questions about how and when we begin clearing snow. The quick response is, we begin clearing main streets throughout a snow fall, and we clear residential streets when a snow emergency goes into effect - after 9pm the day it is declared.
Our first focus is on safe and passable main streets - for the most amount of travelers, public safety vehicles, and public transit.
Also, the reason for the delay on residential streets is that we don’t want to inconvenience people to move their cars more than they already have to, and we need to give enough notice in which to do so. We also want to be good stewards of the City’s resources and your tax dollars. That’s why we make sure much of the snow has fallen before we declare a snow emergency.
Your safety, convenience and tax dollars are all factors we consider highly when declaring a snow emergency.
We encourage everyone to download the FREE Saint Paul Winter Snow App at www.stpaul.gov/snowapp.
Be patient and safe. Stay in if you can. Thanks!
Over 40 Plows/Salters deployed throughout the day focusing on main streets
Over 40 Plows/Salters will be deployed throughout the day focusing on main streets
- Salt applied using pre-wet to maximize effectiveness †
- High priority arterial route items anti-iced
- Downtown streets anti-iced
- Day Plow Routes completed by end of snow emergency second phase
- Night Plow Routes completed by end of snow emergency first phase
- Arterial streets treated within 10 hours after event ends
- City-identified sidewalks cleared within 24 hours after street operations end
- *Indicates a Snow Emergency was declared
- † Reported numbers are estimates due to equipment issues that resulted in inaccurate measurements. The average of 50 percent for 2015-2016 is an increase over the estimated average of 10 percent for 2014-2015.
- ‡ A large snowfall event on February 2nd resulted in multiple days to clear walks and steps. High priority steps/walks were cleared within 24 hours. Due to timing of the snow and a snow emergency declaration, street maintenance was unable to get back on arterials until after the snow emergency, which was more than 10 hours after the event ended.
- n/a indicates data was not applicable to that snow event or emergency.