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Brainerd declares snow emergency as winter storm warning goes into effect

The snow emergency begins at 4 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Graphic showing snow totals in northern Minnesota.
Contributed / National Weather Service in Duluth
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BRAINERD — The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a winter storm warning until noon Wednesday, Jan. 4, for Aitkin and Crow Wing counties, with a heavy mix of precipitation expected.

A weather graphic showing a winter storm's path in northern Minnesota.
Contributed / National Weather Service in Duluth

The weather service reported snow accumulations of 3-7 inches and a light glaze of ice accumulation should make travel conditions difficult in the area.

The city of Brainerd declared a snow emergency, effective at 4 a.m. Wednesday. Snowplowing will begin at that time.

Plowing of snow emergency routes and other high priority routes will take place during the storm event if conditions allow and driver safety can be maintained.

On Wednesday, the first day of parking restrictions, there is no parking on the following streets:

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  • All snow emergency routes.
  • All north-south streets or streets that generally run north-south.
  • All streets west of the Mississippi River.
  • All streets south of Wright Street.

On Thursday, the second day of parking restrictions, there is no parking on the following streets:

  • All snow emergency routes.
  • All east-west streets or streets that generally run east-west.

City staff will likely plow the entire city Wednesday, with cleanup on east-west streets beginning Thursday.
Vehicles parked on an east-west street on Wednesday or streets identified for Day 2 parking restrictions on the snow emergency maps will be plowed around.

Cars parked on snow emergency routes will be ticketed and towed immediately.

Parking is banned on all other city streets the day they are scheduled to be plowed until they have been plowed from curb to curb. All vehicles plowed around will be issued a $25 parking citation. Vehicles that are not moved within 48 hours of being plowed around will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Snow emergency maps are available at ci.brainerd.mn.us/182/Snow-Emergencies .

Downtown snow removal

Snow removal in the downtown special services district will begin at 3 a.m. Wednesday. At that time, parking will be banned on the following streets:

  • Front Street between South Sixth and South Eighth streets.
  • Laurel Street between South Sixth and South Eighth streets.
  • South Seventh Street between Maple and Front streets.

Generally, the snow removal on Wednesday will take place beginning on the streets and sidewalks first, followed by the parking lots.
Parking is banned on streets until they have been plowed in their entirety and the snow has been removed. Once snow has been removed from the block, vehicles can utilize on-street parking. All vehicles parked during this restriction will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

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