With Winter Storm Linus expected to begin sometime after midnight tonight, Mayor William Hallenbeck has once again declared a snow emergency, beginning at 8 p.m. tonight.
It is important to remember that a snow emergency has two parts. During the first part, the actual "Snow Emergency," all cars must be parked and stay parked on the same side of the street for 24 hours. This is done to allow the streets to be plowed. From 8 p.m. tonight until 8 p.m. Monday night, all cars must be parked on the even side of the street. From 8 p.m. on Monday night until 12 noon on Tuesday, when the snow emergency ends, cars must be parked on the odd side of the street.
But there's a second part to a snow emergency: snow removal. This happens in the dead of night and is the time when cars illegally parked get towed. In our last snow emergency, the mayor declared that the snow emergency was over early, because Winter Storm Juno turned out not to deliver as much snow as feared, but the mayor neglected to remind people that snow removal would still happen. In preparation for snow removal, "No Parking" signs appear in the middle of the day, but they do not actually go into effect until midnight. Those signs must be heeded or your car will be towed.
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