It seems the Red Wing area is facing a true Minnesota winter this year, which could include enough snowfall to set a snow emergency in motion. Locals will need to follow the rules to avoid having vehicles ticketed and towed if one goes into effect.
When it snows or is expected to snow with accumulation of 6 inches or more, local officials can declare a snow emergency, which begins at 12:01 a.m.
Snow emergencies are typically two-day events, with snow emergency routes plowed the first day and others on the second.
Here’s what happens during a snow emergency:
• Starting at 12:01 a.m., parking on snow emergency routes is prohibited. The routes typically are marked by signs, and a list and map are available at www.red-wing.org/snowemergencyroutes.html.
• Even if a snow emergency-designated street has been plowed, there’s no parking there until noon on the first day. Plows might need to come through more than once to make sure streets are clear.
• On day two, beginning at 12:01 a.m. again, non-snow emergency routes will be plowed, meaning no vehicles can park there until noon.
Need more off-street parking? The city of Red Wing lists lots and parking area options located at:
• LaGrange, Studebaker and West Fourth Street ramps
• Third and Plum streets
• Oak and Williams streets
• Bohmbach Drive (near the athletic field)
• Tenth Street (pump station)
• Legion parking lot at West Fourth and Potter streets
• East Fourth and Bluff streets
Residents can also park vehicles on the roads not affected by the snow emergency each day, where allowed.
But snowfall means more than being aware of where the car is parked.
Red Wing residents and businesses are responsible for clearing sidewalks, driveways, mailboxes and fire hydrants adjacent to their property.
Snow and ice from the sidewalks must be removed within 24 hours after snowfall or city crews can shovel and bill the property owner.
And be wary of pushing snow removal duties off on others — it’s a misdemeanor to move snow onto someone else’s property or the roads or sidewalks.
Stay up to date
Here’s a list of spots where you can get information on snow emergencies:
• City of Red Wing Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CityofRedWingMinnesota
• Channel 6
• Republican Eagle print copy, website: www.republican-eagle.com
• KWNG-FM and KCUE-AM
• Public Works: 651-385-3674
• Red Wing police non-emergency line: 651-385-3155