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Move cars! St. Paul calls 9 p.m. snow emergency

Posted at 12:05 PM on February 29, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Weather

St. Paul city officials have declared a snow emergency starting 9 p.m. tonight.

Plowing begins then on night plow routes and continues into the morning until the snow is plowed to the curb, the city just announced.

Parking is banned on these routes until snow is plowed all the way to the curb. This plowing operation takes 8 to 12 hours to complete depending on the amount of snow.

Night Plow Routes are typically the busy streets -- marked with signs that say "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE" -- plus one side of north-south residential streets with signs that say "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE THIS SIDE OF STREET." All downtown streets are on the night plow route.

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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.