Madison, Janesville & other southern Wisconsin cities declare snow emergencies
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - With snow expected to move into southern Wisconsin Tuesday, communities are beginning to declare snow emergencies Monday evening.
The declarations are designed to allow communities plow their streets more easily. Drivers are often asked not to park on a certain side of the street or to not park on the street at all.
NBC15 will continue to update this list as more cities issue warnings about snow emergencies.
In the City of Evansville, a snow emergency will begin at 6 a.m. Tuesday and end on 6 a.m. Wednesday.
No parking is permitted on either side of the city’s streets and all vehicles must be parked on private property or in designated public parking areas.
Vehicles parked in violation of the restrictions may be ticketed or towed, the city said.
Expecting between, 2″ and 4″ of snow, city officials have declared a snow emergency, which is set to go into effect at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and last until 8 a.m. the next morning. During that time, the Dept. of Public Works will focus on main and arterial streets first; then, they will move on to clear residential roads - likely overnight.
During the emergency, drivers are asked to remove their vehicles from public streets, alleys, and parking lots.
The snow emergency for Janesville begins at 4 p.m. City officials ask drivers to have their vehicles moved from the street by then and to avoid parking on the the side of the road until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Snow crews will be working main and arterial streets for the duration of the snowfall, which is expected to taper off Tuesday evening, they explained. After the snow ends, though, freezing rain or drizzle is expected, and will likely keep the roads slick. Because of the cold weather forecasted, city officials are still determining whether they will impose a city-wide plow.
The city encourages people to park in their garages or driveways during snow emergencies. Drivers who are not able to do so can use in the city’s municipal parking lots.
- East Wall Street Lot at E Wall Street & N Parker Drive
- City Hall Lot at W Wall Street & N Jackson Street
- S High Street Lot at W Court Street & S High Street
- Hedberg Public Library Lot on Water Street
- River/Union Street Lot at S River Street & Union Street
- N Parker Drive Parking Ramp at N Parker Drive and E Wall Street
The City of Madison declared a snow emergency Tuesday evening that will be in effect for the next two nights for the Snow Emergency Zone and the rest of the city.
Residents must follow overnight alternate side parking restrictions. The Streets Division will be working to push back snow to the curbs in order to keep streets free for drivers.
Those who must park on the street overnight into Wednesday morning must have their vehicles on the odd numbered side of the street between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Wednesday. Those who violate this ordinance face a $60 fine or having their car towed.
From Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, residents should park on the even house-numbered side of the road.
Drivers may also park for no charge in City ramps from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m., but should avoid the top level of garages that need to be plowed.
A snow emergency in the Village of Marshall will go into effect at noon on Tuesday and will run until noon on Wednesday.
No street parking is allowed during the declaration, the city said. Residents who do not have access to off-street parking are encouraged to utilize municipal parking lots in Veteran’s Park on Howard Street or the parking lot on Main Street.
The village also recommends asking a neighbor, friend, or relative if they could leave their vehicle there.
The Pardeeville snow emergency goes into effect at 2 p.m. and will run for 24 hours after the accumulating snowfall ends. During that time, drivers are asked not to park on a village street or public way.
Stoughton will switch to alternate side parking for the next three nights to allow crews a chance to clear the streets.
According to the city, the side of the street depends on the address of the houses on that side of the street and what the date will be after midnight. The odd side of the street is any address ending in an odd number and the even side of the street is any address ending in an even number.
For example, if it is 7:00 pm on February 5, you should park on the EVEN side of the street because it will be February 6 after midnight. Failure to follow the snow emergency ordinance could result in a parking ticket.
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