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Winter Preparedness

Updated: 10/27/2017

The first day of winter is Friday, Dec. 21, though winter weather often arrives in Minnesota much sooner. How do you prepare for winter? Christmas decorations are on display at stores meaning winter is officially right around the corner. Here are some things that Public Works recommends residents consider before winter weather arrives. 

Man snowblowingCHECKLIST: 

  • Start up your snow blower and dust off your shovel
  • Contact a snow removal service
  • Inspect your mailbox 
  • Store a container of sidewalk salt and sand at entryways
  • Install reflective yard markers 

WINTER PARKING rules include no parking after 2 inches of snowfall. Move vehicles from the street when a snowstorm is occurring. More information can be found on the winter parking map.  

CLEAR SIDEWALKS within 36 hours (24 for commercial) but do not deposit snow in the street, as this is a violation of state law and city ordinance due to the hazardous conditions it creates.  

CATCH BASINS, STORM INLETS must remain free from snow and ice, leaves and other debrisKeep an eye on the street drains and small drainage ditches in front of your home or on your street all year long. 

DAMAGE to sod will be seeded in the spring. Mailboxes directly hit by the plow will be repaired or replaced. Report damage to

WINTER STORM ALERTS: Watch = be aware, a storm is likely. Warning = take action, the storm is in or entering the area. Subscribe to weather alerts. Check the weather forecast. Listen to weather radio.  

SCHOOL CLOSINGS, DELAYS: set up your preferred notification

CHRISTMAS TREES will be picked up curbside by Republic Services on collection day the first two weeks in January for $5. SMSC Organic Recycling Facility will provide free tree drop off the last week in December through the second week in January. More information will be posted at

  1. Updated: 10/27/2017