Snow Emergencies

In the event of an accumulation of snow which necessitates the removal of snow from the streets of the City, the City Engineer may declare a snow emergency by means of local news media and social media.  Upon declaration of a snow emergency, parking is banned on all snow emergency routes (shown in red on the maps below) for a period of 48 hours.  On the first day of said declared snow emergency, there shall be no parking on all north/south streets (or streets that predominantly run north and south), all streets lying west of the Mississippi River, and all streets south of Wright Street, excluding all streets within the Downtown Special Services District. On the second day of said declared snow emergency, there shall be no parking on all east/west streets, or streets that run predominantly east and west, excluding all streets within the Downtown Special Services District and streets that were cleaned on day 1.

To further facilitate the removal of snowfall from the streets in the City, the City Engineer, in his discretion, is hereby authorized to post "No Parking Snow Removal" signs on any such affected streets in the City and all parking of vehicles, trailers and conveyances on said streets shall be forbidden until such time as said signs are removed by the City Engineer.

See the maps below for parking restrictions and bans, as listed above.

Northeast Snow Removal (PDF)

Northwest Snow Removal (PDF)

Southeast Snow Removal (PDF)

Southwest Snow Removal (PDF)


When a snow emergency is declared, vehicles that are plowed around and in violation of this section will be ticketed accordingly. Vehicles parked and/or plowed around on Snow Emergency Routes or in the Downtown Special Services District will be ticketed and towed immediately at the owner’s expense. Vehicles that are plowed around on all other streets shown in orange and blue on the maps will receive an automatic ticket.  If the vehicle is not removed in 48 hours, the vehicle will be towed at the owners expense.

​Downtown Special Services District

During a snow emergency, there shall be no parking of motor vehicles, trailers, and conveyances on the streets in the City’s Downtown Special Services District, within the area bounded by the railroad tracks on the north, Maple Street on the south, South Sixth Street on the west, and South Eighth Street on the East, between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. or until the snow has been removed from the street and sidewalks on that block.  This is the area bound by S 6th Street on the west, S 8th Street on the East, Front Street on the North, and Maple Street on the South.  This area is shown in purple on the maps above.

Branch Covered in Snow