Saint Paul Public Works Plans for Major Winter Storm

One-sided parking ban to be suspended temporarily, if snow emergency is declared



SAINT PAUL (March 8, 2019) – Today the Saint Paul Public Works Department announced that it is preparing for a significant winter storm which is predicted to impact the city beginning on Saturday, March 9 and continuing into Sunday, March 10.  As of 12 noon today, the National Weather Service predicted a major storm which is likely to deposit 7 to 10 inches of wet, heavy snow across the city.

“The information that we are receiving from the National Weather Service is that this will be a substantial storm,” stated Kathy Lantry, Director of Saint Paul Public Works. “We are asking residents to stay alert and follow parking regulations so that we can get the streets plowed as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

If the timing and severity of the storm develop as predicted, Public Works will begin plowing major streets and treating problem areas on Saturday and will continue those operations continuously into Sunday.

If the City needs to declare a snow emergency, the one-side of residential street parking ban rules will be suspended. Residents will be asked to follow regular snow emergency rules according to the following schedule:

Day a Snow Emergency is declared (NIGHT PLOW ROUTE PHASE):

  • 4 p.m. -- The one-side parking ban will be suspended so residents can move their vehicles.
  • 9 p.m. -- Snow Emergency parking restrictions go into effect, no parking on NIGHT PLOW ROUTES from 9 p.m.-7 a.m. the following day.

The day after a Snow Emergency is declared (DAY PLOW ROUTE PHASE):

  • 8 a.m.  -- Snow Emergency parking restrictions continue with no parking on DAY PLOW ROUTES until 5 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.  -- People may park only on streets that have been plowed the full width from 5 p.m.-8 a.m. the following day.

The Day after Snow Emergency Night and Day Plow Routes are completed (CLEAN UP PHASE):

  • 8 a.m.  -- Snow Emergency parking rules end. The one-side parking ban goes back into effect. No parking is allowed on the even-numbered side of residential streets.
  • Please check the one-side parking map at regularly as streets are continually being assessed and the parking restrictions may change.

As a reminder, Daylight Saving Time will begin on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 2 a.m.

If no snow emergency is declared, the one-side parking ban will remain in effect.

Residents are asked to stay alert and watch for updates from the City at as weather conditions and the timing of parking restrictions may change. There are several ways to receive snow-related updates:

With the additional snow, residents are asked to shovel their sidewalks, as Saint Paul City Ordinance requires snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours. Corner property owners are asked to shovel curbs, walkways, and crosswalks to the street.  If possible, residents can assist the city by clearing snow from around fire hydrants and storm sewers. 

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