Snow Plowing Information

Plowing Update:

February 26, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Thank you for your continued patience with the Snow Emergencies this weekend.

Beginning at 8 a.m. today, we had more than 70 crews plowing Day Plow Routes, primarily east-west residential streets. Both the Night Plow and Day Plow routes have been completed. Cul de sac plowing is expected to be finished this evening.

All main roads are safe and passable with bare pavement conditions in driving lanes.

With the heavy snow events, residential roads are passable but may contain slush or packed snow. Be aware that some refreezing may occur overnight. As a friendly reminder, the City of Saint Paul does not have a bare-pavement policy with residential streets.  

Throughout tonight and tomorrow, plow crews remain out throughout Saint Paul doing clean up, salting and “push backs” as needed. Please help your neighbors and our plow crews by only parking on streets that have been plowed the full width.

You can report snow or plowing issues at snowemergency@ci.stpaul.mn.us, please be as specific as possible and include street addresses and cross streets whenever possible.     

February 25, 2018 2:00 pm

The city has had 40 trucks out plowing and treating our main roads and addressing problem areas today. Residential streets are snow covered and will be cleared during the phase of the snow emergency when vehicles are required to be off the roads. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists should expect winter conditions and take extra time to get to their destinations.

A reminder that no snow emergency parking restrictions will be in place until 9 pm tonight when the Night Plow rules go into effect.  Look for Night Plow Route Signs and move your car from any street that has a Night Plow Route sign.

Having cars moved from the streets helps our crews do a better job of clearing the roads.  Please share information about the snow emergency with your family, friends and neighbors.

If you need more information about the snow emergency rules, please visit our web page: http://www.stpaul.gov/snow

 

February 25, 2018 10:00 am

The City of Saint Paul Has Declared a Second Snow Emergency

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday, 2/25/2018, 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. Sunday, 2/25/2018 will be ticketed and towed.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, 2/26/18, 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. Monday, 2/26/18, will be ticketed and towed.

Parking is banned until streets are plowed full width.

No parking restrictions are on city streets until Sunday, 2/25/18 at 9 pm

Visit http://www.stpaul.gov/snow or call (651) 266-PLOW for more information.

Please share this information with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers!

 

February 24, 2018 8:00 pm

Day plow routes were completed about 5:00 p.m.   Plow drivers will continue to be out overnight maintaining drive lanes on main roads and handling problem areas.  Additional plows will be added early tomorrow morning once most of the snow has fallen.

Driving conditions are difficult.  Please take your time and drive carefully.

The team is continuing to monitor street conditions and will determine if another snow emergency will be required.  Please continue to check back for additional information.

For more information about snow emergencies or to download our Winter Snow Parking App, please visit http://www.stpaul.gov/snow

 

February 24, 2018 12:45 pm

Night plow routes were completed early this morning and crews are now working on day plow North/South streets and East/West streets throughout the city.  Currently 70 plows and salters are out working to clear the roads.

We are expecting another round of snow to begin at 2:00 p.m. and continue into the evening hours.  Once the day plow routes are complete, crews will continue to work throughout the evening and overnight to plow main streets and clear any problem areas.

Our team is closely monitoring weather conditions and will determine if another large plowing operation is required.  Please check our site for additional information as conditions develop.

In the meantime, please drive carefully and keep cars off of the day plow routes until they have been cleared of snow full-width.

For additional information about snow emergencies or to download our Winter Snow Parking App, please visit http://www.stpaul.gov/snow

 

February 23, 2018 11:00 am

The City of Saint Paul Has Declared a Snow Emergency

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, 2/23/2018, 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. Friday, 2/23/2018 will be ticketed and towed.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, 2/24/18, 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. Saturday, 2/24/18, will be ticketed and towed.

Parking is banned until streets are plowed full width.

Visit http://www.stpaul.gov/snow or call (651) 266-PLOW for more information.

Please share this information with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers!

       

Our Snow Plowing Process:

During non-snow emergencies, our efforts are concentrated on main roads, and high volume areas. It is not a standard practice to plow and or salt residential streets during non-snow emergency snow events due to costs, time constraints, and environment concerns.  

We begin clearing main streets throughout a snow fall, and we clear residential streets when a snow emergency goes into effect - after 9 p.m. the day it is declared. That means that when a snow emergency is declared, we won't begin plowing residential streets until 9 p.m. tomorrow evening.

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.

During the winter season we ask all commuters to be patient and safe. Thanks!

 Performance Dashboard

Goals

  1. Salt applied using pre-wet to maximize effectiveness
  2. High priority arterial route items anti-iced
  3. Downtown streets anti-iced
  4. Day Plow Routes completed by end of snow emergency second phase
  5. Night Plow Routes completed by end of snow emergency first phase
  6. Arterial streets treated within 10 hours after event ends
  7. City-identified sidewalks cleared within 24 hours after street operations end
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
GOAL 100% 99% 99% 50% 100% 100% 90%
11/30/2015 - 15% 100% n/a n/a 100% 100%
12/16/2015 - 0 0 n/a n/a 100% 100%
12/26/2015 - 10% 100% n/a n/a 100% 0
12/29/2015* 50% 51% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
1/6/2016 - 100% 100% n/a n/a 100% 100%
1/8/2016 50% 0 0 n/a n/a 100% 100%
1/20/2016 50% 0 0 n/a n/a 100% 100%
1/24/2016 50% 100% 100% n/a n/a 100% 100%
2/2/2016* 50% 100% 100% 100% 100% 0% 77%
2/7/2016 50% 0 0 n/a n/a 100% 100%
2/14/2016 50% 0 0 n/a n/a 100% 100%

Notes

  • *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.