Snow Emergency Parking RULES

Snowplow Plowing Snow

Any time we get over 3 inches of snow, the City could declare a snow emergency. What does this mean?

Snow Emergency

A snow emergency will be declared through radio, television, internet, text message, or other means by the Director of Public Works. You can even find out about Snow Emergencies immediately by signing up for alerts sent directly to your phone. Just visit our Notify Me page, scroll to the heading named Alert Center, and sign up for notifications under Public Works News. That's it!

A snow emergency temporarily changes parking rules. We declare snow emergencies to make sure that we can quickly and efficiently plow streets. Keeping streets clear of large snow and ice piles makes it safer for all drivers, and ensures quick responses from other departments as needed, such as by Police, Fire, and EMS as well.  

1-Hour Notice for Parking Correctly

When the City declares a snow emergency, you'll see that declaration blasted on traditional media, social media, and the City website at least 1 hour before it's effective. It will say the start date and time, as well as the end date and time, of the emergency. 

Note How Long Emergency Lasts

The Director will always choose an expiration date, and it will always expire at 3 p.m. on the date picked for the emergency to end. This allows the Director and crews to clear both sides of the street after snow has stopped accumulating.2021_Snow Emergency

How to Park - Snow Emergency Parking Regulations

Even-Odd Side Parking Required

During a snow emergency, here's what changes from normal parking rules:

  • No parking on either side of main thoroughfares. This keeps important roads clear for emergency vehicles, buses, and others.
  • On all other streets:
    • As of 10 p.m., make sure to park on the even or odd side of the street based on the day of the month. Look at the address numbers to know which side of the street you should be on. Keep parking on that side until 3 p.m. the next day.
    • The day after the emergency, between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m., normal parking rules apply for this brief period. During these hours, there is no requirement to park on any particular side.
    • If the snow emergency does not end the next day but continues, park on the opposite side by that night at 10 p.m. through to 3 p.m. the next day. An easy way to think about it is this: Our City plows have to clear both sides of the street. Residents and visitors make it easier for plows to come through when we stay on one side of the street, and then the other.
    • The snow emergency will end at 3 p.m. on a date picked by the Director.

Why Does Snow Emergency Parking Last Multiple Days?

You will probably notice that snow emergencies last a few days after it stops snowing. This is to ensure the City can clear the streets as much as possible. We understand this is an inconvenience, but by adding on a couple of extra days, we can keep streets wider and keep more parking spots available throughout the winter.  

Watch for "NO PARKING" Signs Any Time You Park

Make sure to comply with any "NO PARKING" signs, whether permanent or temporary. Any illegally parked vehicles can be towed without notice, so it's very important to keep these regulations in mind!

additional info on emergency thoroughfares

Please note you cannot park or leave any vehicle unattended on any of the Emergency Thoroughfares in the City, during a declared snow emergency. There may be some permitted areas that have posted signs from the Common Council which allow parking on these Emergency Thoroughfares. 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.

Helpful Resources

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