Why does the City declare snow emergencies? Can't you just plow around vehicles?

In order to efficiently plow the snow from City streets, every vehicle needs to be off the streets. This allows plowing to be done as quickly as possible.


Plowing around cars would mean that plows would have to come back to streets after cars have been moved. In addition, freezing conditions may cause ridges to form where cars are plowed around. It can be very difficult to remove these ridges.

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1. How do I know if Hopkins has declared a snow emergency?
2. Where else can I park?
3. When will towing begin?
4. What do I do if my vehicle is towed?
5. Why does the City declare snow emergencies? Can't you just plow around vehicles?
6. Why not just ban parking on City streets throughout the winter?
7. There have been times when more than 2 inches of snow has fallen and no emergency was called. Why?
8. Does the City receive any money from towing cars?
9. How long does it take to plow all the streets and alleys in Hopkins?