Snow Emergency Update

Saint Paul Plowing Arterial Streets During Winter Storm


City of Saint Paul does not declare a snow emergency at this time

Media Advisory: March 5, 2018

The City of Saint Paul has not declared a snow emergency for this evening related to the timing of the storm.  According to local weather models at 3 p.m., today’s expected winter storm, originally predicted to deposit approximately five to eight inches of snow across Saint Paul this afternoon and evening, has been downgraded, and the timing delayed from original weather predictions. The City of Saint Paul’s Department of Public Works has been closely monitoring the different precipitation models, current road conditions and changing weather.

“We’ve been waiting and watching this winter storm like everyone else,” said Kathy Lantry, Director of Saint Paul Public Works. “This particular storm has been tough to anticipate. The models have indicted low confidence in snow totals and the snow looks like it will be coming later than originally anticipated.”  

Street Maintenance crews have been treating arterial streets today. Saint Paul began experiencing rain and freezing rain about 4:15 p.m. The current models are now indicating less than 1.5 inches of snowfall before 6 p.m. and an additional 4 inches overnight and into the day tomorrow. 

"If we declared a snow emergency for tonight, the late arrival of the storm would have us out trying to complete that night phase of a snow emergency before the bulk of the snow was on the ground,” explained Lantry. “It makes more sense for our plows to be out on our major streets overnight, and evaluate conditions in the morning.”

Crews will continue salting and plowing arterial streets throughout the night. Additional equipment will join the plowing efforts in the early morning hours to address targeted residential streets around schools and hills to help area school buses with their morning routes. 

With the predicted weather conditions of above freezing, Saint Paul residents can expect potentially slushy but passable roads for the morning commute. Blowing snow will affect visibility overnight. Public Works will evaluate conditions tomorrow morning to determine if a full snow emergency will be necessary.



Remember to shovel your sidewalk, as Saint Paul City Ordinance requires snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours. Corner property owners are asked to shovel all walkways to the street.

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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.

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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.

Ticketing and Towing

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 snow emergency initially took effect at 9 p.m.

Contact Information for 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.