A snow emergency is NOT currently in effect for the city.
The city declares snow emergencies for major snow events. During a snow emergency, you must park your vehicle off the street to avoid ticketing and towing until the street is plowed to the curb.
How Will I Know if a Snow Emergency Is In Effect?
The city announces snow emergencies on this website and in local media. You can also use any of the following to find out if a snow emergency has been declared:
- Sign up for ParkAlert, St. Louis Park’s citizen notification system. The system automatically calls all phone numbers listed in the white and yellow pages, but signing up lets you choose how you want to be contacted. Choose text messages, emails, cell phone calls, land line calls or all of the above.
- Download the MyStLouisPark app for Apple or Android. The app will display an alert when a snow emergency is in effect.
- Follow the city’s social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.
- Call the Winter Parking Hotline at 952.924.2180.
Winter Parking Rules
1. Three inches of snow is the guideline for declaring a snow emergency. Once the three-inch threshold is met day or night, vehicles must be moved off the street.
2. In an effort to be proactive whenever possible, the city uses a combination of available forecasts and can declare a snow emergency in advance of a storm. Example: Leading forecasts call for the city to receive 4 to 7 inches of snow between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on December 15. The city would proactively announce during the evening of December 15 that a snow emergency will be in effect at 11 p.m. December 15.
3. Vehicles parked on a street during a snow emergency are subject to ticketing. If your vehicle remains on the streets 12 hours after it’s ticketed, it will be towed.
4. The snow emergency will remain in effect until your street is plowed to the curb. As soon as your street is plowed to the curb, you may again park vehicles on the street.
5. Snow removal operations are not changing. The city will provide the same high-quality service following the same pattern it has in the past — plowing main roads and then moving into neighborhoods.
6. The new proactive approach also provides additional flexibility. If the city received three back-to-back snow events of two inches each for three days, for instance, it could declare a snow emergency if needed to plow streets. Or, in the spring if there is more than three inches of snow predicted, but also high temperatures the following day that would likely melt the snow, the city could decide not to call a snow emergency.
When On-Street Parking Is Allowed
On-street parking is allowed as soon as streets have been plowed to the curb.
When snow accumulation is less than three inches, plows may be dispatched but parking is not banned. However, moving your car off the street any time it snows will help the city do a better job of clearing streets during minor snowfalls.
If You Are Plowed In, Ticketed or Towed
If your vehicle is ticketed or plowed-in, dig it out immediately and move it to a driveway, garage or plowed street. City ordinance prohibits parking within 50 feet (about two car lengths) of any snow left behind when plows go around parked cars. You can be ticketed and towed if you park too close to an unplowed area of the street.
If your vehicle is towed, call Bobby & Steve's at 952.944.9955, option 3, to find out where to pick up your vehicle.
Avoid Ticketing and Towing
To avoid getting ticketed or towed, please pay attention to the weather forecast. If snowfall is predicted, no matter how much, don't take a chance; park on the driveway or in your garage. If you're going to be away from home, don't leave your car on the street. Another way to avoid a ticket and towing is simply to make it your winter habit to park off the street, especially at night.
If you aren't sure if parking is banned, call the Winter Parking Hotline at 952.924.2180.
Have Snow Plowing Questions?
Call Public Works at 952.924.2562 during regular business hours.