Minneapolis and St. Paul declare snow emergency

Snow emergencies have been declared in Minneapolis and St. Paul as of December 10, 2021 (FOX 9)

Minneapolis and St. Paul have declared snow-related emergencies. Below are the instructions for each city:


Starting at 9 p.m. Friday, snow plows will clear the streets of Snow emergency roads, marked with red emergency snow route signs and blue street name signs. Make sure you move your cars to avoid being towed and fined.

From 8 a.m. on Saturday, cars can park on the odd side of streets and both sides of emergency roads against snow. The flat side of the street and the boardwalks will be cleared of snow.

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, cars can park on the even side streets, on both sides of emergency snow roads and on both sides of boardwalks. The odd side of the streets will be plowed.

MORE: A List of Cities in Minnesota That Have Declared a Snow Emergency

Use the Street search map to display snow emergency routes. The map can help you determine which side of a street is odd or even if there is no address to verify.

See more information on Minneapolis Snow Emergency parking rules here.


Starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, all NIGHT DISCHARGE ROUTES will be cleared of snow. Do not park on overnight snow clearing roads, which include downtown and all streets with signs indicating “NIGHT DISCHARGE ROUTE” and “NIGHT DISCHARGE ROUTE OF THIS STREET STREET. “

Vehicles that will not be moved from night snow clearing roads by 9:00 p.m. on 12/10/2021 will be tagged and towed.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, all DAY DISCHARGE ROUTES will be cleared of snow. Do not park on daily snow clearing roads. Daily snow clearing roads are not marked with signs. If there are no “Night Plow” signs posted in the block, then consider it a Day Plow Route.

Vehicles that have not left the snow clearing roads before 8:00 a.m. to 12/11/2021 will be tagged and towed.

Always follow all posted traffic signs. Do not park vehicles where the signs say “No Parking”. A snow emergency lasts 96 hours, or until December 14, 2021 at 9 p.m. To avoid a ticket or a tow, do not park in areas where the streets are not cleared of snow to the sidewalk.

Winter reminders

  • Shovel your sidewalk. The city of Saint-Paul ordinance requires snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours. Corner owners should shovel curbs, sidewalks and crosswalks to the street.
  • Don’t push snow into the streets.
  • Do not place recycling and garbage carts on the street. Carts must be kept on the boulevard or at the end of the aisle.
  • If you can, please shovel standpipes and clear snow and ice from storm sewers to prevent flooding on the streets.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Sign up for emergency snow alerts at stpaul.gov/snow. Alerts are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Oromo.
  • Find out where and when people can park their vehicles using the NEW Saint Paul Snow Emergency Parking Map at stpaul.gov/snowemergencyparkingmap.
  • Visit stpaul.gov/snowFAQs for a list of frequently asked questions about snow.

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