A snow emergency is not in effect.
A snow emergency is snow accumulation of 6 inches or greater (in one snow event or successive snow events). In this instance or in anticipation of it, the Public Works Director, Chief Law Enforcement Official, or their designees, will declare a snow emergency which begins at 12:01 a.m. To assure that the community is informed of the snow emergency, typically, an announcement will be made on the local media (radio station, TV Cable Channel 6, or if newspaper deadline can't be met, in the news briefs) by 6 p.m. on the day preceding the snow emergency. The emergency exists because of snow or other winter-related conditions creating a hazardous road condition or impedes the movement of fire, health, police, emergency or other vehicular traffic.
The goal of the announcement is to clear vehicles from streets to allow the safe and effective removal of snow or ice. From 12:01 a.m. to noon during a declared emergency, it is unlawful for any person to allow a vehicle or other obstruction to remain parked on any Snow Emergency Route. Any vehicle parked on Snow Emergency Route streets from 12:01 a.m. to noon during the Snow Emergency will be ticketed and towed at the owners’ expense. After noon, parking on Snow Emergency Routes may resume.
Snow Emergency Protocol Day 2
The second day of a Snow Emergency will include all Non-Snow Emergency Route streets. A second media announcement reminding people of the Snow Emergency will be made by 6 p.m. that day stating that from 12:01 a.m. to noon, it is unlawful for any person to allow a vehicle or other obstruction to remain parked on all Non-Snow Emergency Route streets. All vehicles parked on a Non-Snow Emergency Route street will be ticketed. Any unmoved vehicles (snowbirds) covered with snow/ice, vehicles parked on top of windrowed snow and any vehicle parked within 75 feet of an area that has not been completely cleared on Non-Snow Emergency Route streets from 12:01 a.m. to noon this day will be ticketed and towed at the owners’ expense.
Once an emergency has been declared, it is unlawful for a vehicle to re-park on the designated street until the snow emergency expires even if the street has been plowed. At approximately 2 a.m. or later, dependant on the actual time the snowfall has ceased, snowplow operations will begin and will continue until all snow has been completely cleared in the areas designated by the emergency. Actual weather-related conditions or other variables may alter these operations and guidelines.
Non-Snow Emergency Route Streets
On the Second Day of a Snow Emergency, all vehicles must be removed from Non-Snow Emergency Route streets by 12:01 a.m., and remain off these streets until noon. All city streets, other than those identified and signed as Snow Emergency Routes or Rural Roads, all alleys and pedestrian walkways.
Off-Street Parking Locations
During a Snow Emergency, the following off-street parking locations are available:
- City Parking Lot at Third and Plum Streets
- City Parking Lot at Oak and Williams Street Near the Museum
- Parking Lot off Bohmbach Drive by the Athletic Field
- City Parking Area at the Tenth Street Pump Station
- Legion Parking Lot at West Fourth and Potter Streets
- City Parking Area at East Fourth and Bluff Streets behind Coca-Cola
- All three City Parking Ramps