Drivers Learn of Snow Emergency the Hard Way

January 16, 2018 12:21 PM

Drivers made the unpleasant trip to the St. Paul and Minneapolis impound lots Tuesday morning for not following snow emergency rules.

Snow emergencies were declared in both cities Monday afternoon, with parking restrictions first going into effect at 9 p.m. By the time "Day 1" rules wrapped up at 8 a.m., lines started to form at the impound lot.


Day 1 rules prevent drivers from parking on Minneapolis' Snow Emergency Routes, which are either indicated by the red signs or green street name signs. In St. Paul, vehicles are prohibited from parking on streets designated as Night Plow Routes.

Nick Flores learned the hard way, and was forced to head to Minneapolis' impound lot early Tuesday morning.

"Woke up at four in the morning, peeked through the windows and no car," Flores said. "Shame on us, we knew it snowed quite a bit and kind of forgot we're on a snow route."

Others, like Albert Morse, weren't happy with the notice provided by the city. Morse, who works overnight, said he checked for a snow emergency notice online before noon Monday. Not finding anything, he went to bed.

"I get up and my vehicle was gone that night, which is so unfair," said Morse. "I contacted the mayor and asked him to give me a telephone call, because I think it was so unfair to the people who have to work."

While there's no such thing as a good trip to the impound lot, Rosalie Robinson was pleasantly surprised to get her vehicle back from the city of Minneapolis in just a handful of minutes.

"It only took a few minutes and that was nice, because they're not real busy," Robinson said. "I remember years ago, I brought my husband here and the line would be way outside."

Minneapolis and St. Paul both offer apps and subscriptions to phone or email alerts. For details on Minneapolis' resources, click here. To find resources for St. Paul's snow emergencies, click here.

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Tyler Berg

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