Local friends: it will come as no surprise to you that Minneapolis has declared a snow emergency.
Let’s review the parking rules:
- Do not park on Snow Emergency Routes for the first nine days of a snow emergency.
- Do not park on trees, bushes, or other foliage in median lanes of boulevards ever.
- Parking on northbound non-snow-emergency routes is permitted on the left side for the first day of the snow emergency, and on the right side of southbound streets on the second day.
- Parking is permitted on the odd-numbered side of eastbound streets, and the even-numbered side of westbound streets, except boulevards, only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and odd-numbered Saturdays.
- If you are in doubt about whether your street is a Snow Emergency Route, check the color of the street signs on the corner. Blue is for snow emergency routes, green is for non-snow-emergency routes, and brown is for streets that will be abandoned to become impassable mud-holes.
- We leave the “Snow Emergency Route” signs up year-round because you just never know.
- All snow must be removed from areas surrounding your trash containers or you’ll be left a little note on brightly colored paper by your trash guys. This note will blow away, leaving you to wonder what it said, and if you’re going to be fined or maybe have garbage dumped in your back yard for the rest of the year.
- Alleys will be plowed no later than May 15th (May 16th if the 15th happens to be a Sunday.)
- Cars parked in appropriately may be ticketed, towed, or just buried by the plows.
- Excess snow will be deposited in that narrow walkway you’ve just shoveled out between the sidewalk and the streets.
- If you live in St. Paul, don’t park at night where it says “Night Plow Route”. That’s all.
Of course, it does snow elsewhere in the country. Apparently it snowed in Atlanta, causing terrible problems. One person had to survive on Mountain Dew and beef jerky for twelve hours while stuck in traffic. For twelve hours. If you live in Los Angeles, twelve hours in traffic is normal.
Of course, given what the media portrays as the usual diet of Atlanteans, that’s a step up.