Snow Emergency Parking RULES

Snowplow Plowing Snow

When, in the opinion of the Director of Public Works, snowfall accumulation of at least 3 inches jeopardizes the public safety and welfare of the City, the Director may declare a snow emergency.

Snow Emergency

A snow emergency declaration shall be publicized through radio, television, internet, text message, or other means of public communication deemed appropriate by the Director.

When the Director declares a snow emergency, the declaration shall clearly state the commencement and expiration dates and times of the snow emergency.  The declaration may be effective no sooner than 1 hour after publicizing the declaration in accordance with this section.  The Director shall cause the declaration to expire at 3:00 p.m. on a date that allows the Director to clear both sides of the street after snow stops accumulating.

Snow emergency Parking

No person shall park or leave unattended any vehicle of any kind or description upon any emergency thoroughfare during a declared snow emergency except where permitted by posted signs authorized by the Common Council. Such signs shall state “Parking Permitted Between Signs During Snow Emergency” or words of similar effect and shall be posted so as to give reasonable notice of the permitted zone. All vehicles parked in violation of this subsection shall be promptly removed from such emergency thoroughfares immediately at the time when the declared snow emergency takes effect. Emergency thoroughfares shall consist of the major traffic, mass transit and emergency vehicle routes in the City of West Allis.


Snow emergency regulations shall supersede all other overnight parking regulations for the duration of the snow emergency only.

By 10:00 p.m. of each day during a snow emergency, all vehicles shall park on the side of the street that has even-numbered addresses if it is an even-numbered calendar date or on the side that has odd-numbered addresses if it is an odd-numbered calendar date. Vehicles shall continue to park on the opposite side of the street until 3:00 p.m. on the following day.

Parking shall be permitted as set forth herein, provided that no other regulations restricting parking as to time, place or manner are violated.

When, in the opinion of the Director of Public Works, snow accumulation on any City street is such that the removal of snow from along the curb becomes necessary or that the movement of vehicular traffic becomes severely impeded because of parked vehicles, the Director is empowered to prohibit the parking of vehicles upon such street or municipal parking lots through the posting of TEMPORARY NO PARKING signs until conditions permit.

Any vehicle parked in violation of this section may be removed, pursuant to Section 10.03(3) of this Code.

Remember, it is illegal to blow, plow, shovel or otherwise deposit snow from your property onto City property or property owned by another person.

Helpful Resources

Get more information about snow and ice removal in DPW section.

Sign up for snow emergency alerts by email or text message in Notify Me.

Vehicle Towing During Snow Emergencies

Plowing Snow in West Allis

Any vehicles in violation of the parking restrictions during a Snow Emergency will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense. If your vehicle has been towed during a snow emergency, contact N and S Towing at 414-476-8697. N and S Towing is located near the intersection of 83rd and National at:
1719 S. 83 St.
West Allis, WI 53214