Snow emergency in rhyme

Few people have ever really understood the rules for snow emergencies in Minneapolis (or Saint Paul). Nothing that the city tries ever seems to work. As every storm ebbs, the cash registers seem to overheat at the impound lot.

So, you’ve got to give Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak a little credit for resorting to prose verse to try to explain the rules.

Last night, he invoked Cupid to warn of the 8 a.m. start to plowing…

And this afternoon, he invokes a papal inspiration

There’s a pretty good chance, though, that if you depend on poetic tweets, you’re going to get towed.

The city’s website notes that this is Day 2 of the snow emergency and here are the official rules:

Do not park on the EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes. (Example: house address number: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.)

Do not park on either side of parkways.

Park on the odd side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 Maple or 2513 17th Ave.).

Park on either side of streets with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route.

No parking on EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes

After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.

Day 3 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At 8 a.m., Day Three parking rules begin.

Do not park on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 or 2513 17th Ave.).

Park on even side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets. (Example: house address number: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.)

Park on either side of streets marked with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route and you may park on parkways.

Snow Emergency Day 3: No parking on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency routes.

After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.

  • BJ

    “After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect.” – that seems like invite for getting your car towed.

  • Kassie

    I’ll never understand how people get towed in Minneapolis. The city does everything but actually move your car for you to keep people from getting towed. It is a pretty simple system.

    St. Paul on the other hand I, don’t get it. I get that snow emergencies start at 9pm and you can’t park on the “Night Plow Route” streets. But, when do you need to get off the day plow route streets? The website says: “Plowing starts after the night routes are plowed, which is typically around 8:00 A.M.” Typically around 8am, but could be 7 am or 9am or some other time. You just take your best guess and cross your fingers, I guess.

  • Bonnie

    How can Rybak’s second tweet be at 7:27 pm?

  • Colin

    The Mayor actually resorted to ‘verse’ to get his message across. An example of prose would be this comment, or this wonderfully tongue-in-cheek article!

  • Andy

    “There’s a pretty good chance, though, that if you depend on poetic tweets, you’re going to get towed.

    The city’s website notes that this is Day 2 of the snow emergency….”

    Actually, Rybak got it right. Consider that he sent the first tweet late last night (early a.m. today 2/11) and today is an EVEN day as he promised. His second tweet was sent sometime this afternoon/evening (who knows what time zone he sent it from, though) and is true for tomorrow, which is an ODD day as promised.

    And, yeah–why is it so difficult to avoid getting towed in Minneapolis? Even my urban hillbilly neighbors manage to tow their junker vehicles to another street in time to avoid the city tow trucks.