Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -The city of Rochester has announced a rare snow emergency will be in effect from noon Saturday through noon March 14th because of the impact from Saturday’s expected winter storm.

This means vehicles will NOT be allowed to park on the even side of the street on even-numbered days and the odd side of the street on odd-numbered days between 4:00 AM and 7:00 PM during the emergency.

Violators could receive a ticket and face the risk of having their vehicle towed.

The city reminds residents its downtown public ramps can be used free of charge during the weekend.

City Administrator Steve Rymer says, “The safety of our community is the top priority for the City of Rochester. The snow emergency is being declared to guarantee our Public Works teammates can clear the streets. The ability for our public safety teammates to respond to emergency calls is critical. We appreciate the community’s assistance in responding to the snow emergency.”

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