City of Red Wing

Snow Emergency Information

Current Snow Emergency Information

There is no snow emergency at this time. 

Tune in to KWNG/KCUE radio, Local Government Access Channel 6 or visit for further notifications about snow emergencies.

The cooperation of drivers and residents is appreciated in assisting with snow emergencies. Please remember snow emergencies are typically TWO DAY EVENTS with the first day effecting all snow emergency routes and the second day non-snow emergency routes.  Please reference the entire policy for further explanation.

Snow Emergency Plow Routes App

Snow Emergency Plow Route Maps

Off Street Parking Map

Resident's Responsibility

Snow Emergency Reminder - Avoid The Tow

List of Snow Emergency Routes

Snow accumulation of 6" 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 be met, in the news briefs) by 6:00 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.

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 6:00 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 2:00 a.m. or later, dependant on the actual time the snowfall has ceased, snow plow 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 the above operations and guidelines.

To view the street designations, their snow emergency parking restrictions and an alphabetical listing of streets within each designation, please click on one of the following links.


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.  (Click here for Map)

City Parking Lot at Third & Plum Streets
City Parking Lot at Oak & Williams Street near the museum
City Parking Lot off Bohmbach Drive by the Athletic Field
City Parking Area at the Tenth Street Pump Station
Legion Parking Lot at West Fourth & Potter Streets
City Parking Area at East Fourth & Bluff Streets behind Coca Cola
All three City Parking Ramps

Snow Emergency Information Video:


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Sidewalk Shoveling Policy:

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