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Duluth declares first snow emergency, city officials defend timing

Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 1:09 PM CST
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UPDATE: “City staff have already been working on yesterday’s substantial snowfall... and as we lead into a few more inches of snow today we want to make sure that they are able to continue that work,” said Duluth City Administrator Noah Schuchman.

According to Schuchman, the city underestimated their ability to handle Monday and Tuesday’s snow together.

Schuchman claims that cars on the sides of the road force plows to move around, making roadways narrower and harder to navigate for emergency vehicles.

He said the city recognizes the inconvenience of the emergency orders.

“Asking people to move their vehicles in what can be a very dense part of the city or potentially be ticketed or towed is not something we do lightly, it can have a great impact on people, when in doubt we want to make sure we are not disproportionately impacting people unnecessarily,” said Schuchman.

DULUTH, MN -- The City of Duluth has declared its first snow emergency.

According to city leaders, when a snow emergency is declared, special parking rules go into effect to allow streets to be plowed more efficiently.

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“Asking people to move their vehicles in what can be a very dense part of the city or potentially be ticketed or towed is not something we do lightly, it can have a great impact on people, when in doubt we want to make sure we are not disproportionately impacting people unnecessarily,” he said.

Residents and visitors must move their vehicles off of snow emergency routes by 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28.

Vehicles that do not move off of snow emergency routes after 9 p.m. risk being ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Optional snow emergency parking lots are available for vehicles and are on a first come, first serve basis.

Snow emergency lots can be used for free parking during the Snow Emergency declaration.

Residents and visitors can park for free in these designated lots starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, until 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 29.

The snow emergency expires at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29.

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