Snow Emergencies

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When any amount of snowfall occurs, residents should remove vehicles from Hopkins City streets, parking lots, right-of-ways, and the Municipal Parking Ramp.

If the snowfall is 2 inches or more, a snow emergency may be declared. As soon as the announcement is made, residents must remove vehicles from the restricted locations (City streets, City parking lots, right-of-ways, and the Municipal Parking Ramp) to avoid being towed. These restrictions will remain in effect until streets are plowed curb to curb, and parking lots and the Municipal Ramp are completely plowed.

How do I know if Hopkins has declared a snow emergency?

Call the snow line at 952-939-1399. Though local media including WCCO-AM radio and WCCO-TV are notified of Hopkins’ snow emergency, the stations do not guarantee the announcement will be broadcast. Also note that snow depths are measured in Hopkins and may not coincide with the snow depths reported at the Minneapolis Twin Cities Airport.

The City also intends to send out notification messages about snow emergencies using Code Red. Your home phone number is already in this system. If you want to receive notifications on one or more cell phones, register the phone numbers.

Where else can I park?

If you do not have anywhere to park your car off City streets and City parking lots, use the approved snow emergency parking locations.

When will towing begin?

If a snow emergency is declared in Hopkins during the afternoon or early evening, tagging and towing enforcement will normally begin at 10 pm and crews will begin plowing shortly after midnight. However, depending on the snow fall, tagging and towing could begin earlier. The Snow Line, 952-939-1399, will have the actual time. When a snow emergency is declared after 10 pm, tagging and towing operations will begin at 8 am on the following day.

What do I do if my vehicle is towed?

If you've been towed due to the snow emergency, find out more about reclaiming your vehicle.


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