Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a winter-weather advisory for Hennepin County.
Freezing rain, snow and sleet pelted down on many a head throughout the Twin Cities, as the outskirts of the pleasantly-named Winter Storm Luna passed through the area.
Weather service officials urged caution on the roads on Sunday morning, and with good reason. According to Lt. Eric Roeske, spokesperson for the Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota saw 367 crashes and 48 injured people due to the storm, 299 spun-out cars, and 3 jacknifed tractor-trailers.
So far, the City of Minneapolis has not declared a snow emergency, and Minneapolis Public Schools are slated to open on time on Monday. As we've noted in the past...
First-time Minneapolitans should make sure keep an ear out for snow emergency declarations this winter if you don't want to have to bail your car out of the city impound lot. Once the city declares a snow emergency, many local news outlets—including Patch—will post the information. Alternately, you can check the City of Minneapolis website, or sign up for the city's snow emergency email or text-message alerts.
When a snow emergency is in effect, special parking restrictions apply. More information about parking restrictions is available from these iPhone and Android aps, the city's online parking rules lookup tool, and from the guide above, published by the City of Minneapolis.