Cities Declare Snow Emergencies

Dec 20, 2012

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In preparation for the first major winter storm of the 2012/2013 season, the City of Rockford Public Works Department is issuing a Snow Emergency Declaration.  Odd/Even parking restrictions will be in place.  In Wisconsin, Beloit and Janesville have also has declared snow emergencies.

The city of Rockford has declared a citywide snow emergency. Parking restrictions on city streets go into effect at 8:00 this morning. The rules continue until the emergency designation is lifted.

Credit City of Lake Geneva, Wi.

WHAT DOES THE ODD/EVEN PARKING  MEAN (information provided by the City of Rockford)

If a snow or ice storm reaches the point that streets are becoming difficult to clear, city officials can declare a Snow Emergency. A Snow Emergency requires that vehicles be parked on the odd side of the street when the date ends in an odd number and on the even side of the street when the date ends on an even number.  For example, on January 5th, you would park on the odd side of the street.  Police will issue parking tickets at the cost of $50.00 to vehicles that are parked on the wrong side of the street.  It’s safe to assume that if it’s snowing the Odd/Even Parking is in effect.

The residential area between 20th St. west to Kishwaukee St., Harrison Avenue north to Rural St. has been problematic for the City Crews to plow during past storms, due to vehicles parked on both sides of the street.  We would encourage citizens in this area to move their vehicles either off the street or to the appropriate side of the street as specified by the odd/even parking.


•             If your street is marked as “No Parking” on one side of the street, the Snow Emergency Declaration allows you to park legally in the restricted area during the time that the Snow Emergency Declaration is in effect.

•             Do not assume that you can move your car when the street is plowed.  Your car must remain parked appropriately until after the Snow Emergency has been lifted.

•             All vehicles must be moved to the correct side of the street at 8:00 a.m.

In Beloit, the snow emergency takes effect 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 20 to
3:00 p.m., Friday, December 21. 

The City of Janesville has declared a snow emergency for December 20 starting at 5 PM. A snow emergency means that all parked vehicles must be removed from city streets and public