1,800 cars towed during snow emergency

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February 16, 2009 // UPDATED 12:45 pm - February 23, 2009
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas

Day 3 of the emergency ends at 8 p.m.

With just hours left in the second Snow Emergency of the winter season, more than 1,800 vehicles had been towed to clear streets ahead of snowplows, Minneapolis spokesman Matt Laible said.

The third and final day of the snow emergency ends at 8 p.m. today.

Car owners were instructed to park on the even side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets until those streets were fully plowed. Cars may also park on either side of streets marked Snow Emergency Route and on parkways.

The Snow Emergency declared Saturday was the first since December. A typical winter season in Minneapolis includes two to three Snow Emergencies, Laible said.

He said the total number of vehicles towed was likely to go up before this Snow Emergency ended. For more information on Snow Emergency parking rules, visit the city website (www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/).

Parts of Minneapolis received about 4.5 inches of snow late last week, more precipitation than many forecasts initially predicted.

Snow Emergency parking rules took effect 9 p.m. Saturday. Laible said 862 vehicles were towed on the first day of the Snow Emergency and another 951 vehicles were towed on the second day.