Snow emergencies declared in Siouxland communities

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As a winter storm warning has been declared among most of Siouxland, communities are starting to declare snow emergencies. With these declarations often comes protocols designed to protect the citizens and ease the process of snow removal, however, rules change city to city. 

Here is a list of Siouxland cities that have declared states of snow emergencies, along with important parking and travel information. Be sure to check back often as the list will be updated as more cities prepare for the incoming snow. 

Sioux City:

  • Snow emergency goes into effect Tuesday, February 19 at 8 p.m.

  • Odd/even parking will go into effect

    • Park on the odd side of the street Tuesday night and on the even side Wednesday beginning at 7 a.m.

    • Vehicles who do not comply can be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense

  • No parking will be allowed on emergency snow route streets

    • These streets are marked by a blue and white sign with a snowflake

  • Residents are encouraged to remove vehicles from on-street parking where possible

  • You can find Sioux City’s emergency snow routes by clicking here. You can also visit the Sioux City website for more snow-related information. 

South Sioux City:

  • Snow emergency goes into effect Wednesday, February 20 at 12 a.m. 

  • Parked cars must be moved off snow emergency routes for plowing

    • Parking on a snow emergency route is prohibited during a snow emergency

    • Vehicles that do not comply could be ticketed and or towed

  • Odd/even parking will go into effect at 7 a.m.

    • Park on the even side of the street Wednesday and on the odd side Thursday

  • City asks to remove vehicles off city streets if possible 

  • It is not acceptable to blow, push, shovel, snow from sidewalks or driveways out into the city street

    • The exception is along Dakota Avenue and 1 block east and west of the Avenue

North Sioux City

  • Goes into effect Tuesday at 8 p.m.

  • Lasts until Wednesday at 11 a.m. or until snow stops

  • No parking allowed on streets

  • Vehicles are asked to be moved to assist with plowing efforts

Sergeant Bluff:

  • Snow emergency goes into effect Tuesday, February 19 at 9 p.m. and lasts until Wednesday at 3 p.m.

  • All vehicles should be removed from streets immediately

  • Streets should be cleared from curb to curb before parking on the street

    • Plows may take multiple passes

  • Temporarily parking in your yard or other areas of your property during the snow event will be allowed during the snow emergency

Dakota City:

  • Snow emergency starts Tuesday night at 8 p.m. 

  • Parked vehicles must be moved off snow emergency routes. Those routes are as follows: 

    • Broadway/IBP Avenue from Highway 77 to 164th Street

    • Locust Street from 9th Street to 20th Street

    • Myrtle Street from 10th Street to 20th Street

    • Walnut Street from 14th Street to 21st Street

    • Willow Street from 16th Street to Dodge Avenue

    • 20th Street from Pine Street to Willow Street

    • 16th Street from Pine Street to Willow Street

    • 21st Street from Broadway to Willow Street


  • Snow emergency goes into effect Tuesday, February 19 at 6 p.m.

  • Parking will be allowed on the even side only in residential streets

  • No parking will be allowed in turn-around areas and cul-de-sacs

    • Vehicles who do not comply can be ticketed or even towed by the city

  • No parking on emergency snow routes which include

    • Benjamin Avenue; Norfolk Avenue (except the downtown area); Omaha Avenue; 1st Street; 7th Street; 13th Street; 25th Street; Pasewalk Avenue; Elm Avenue from 1st to 4th Street; Koenigstein Avenue from 13th to 16th Street; and Prospect Avenue from 4th to 25th Street 

  • Homeowners are responsible for removing any snow or ice on the sidewalk within 24 hours of the precipitation ending

  • Residents can call the city snow number at 402-844-2299 to find out if they are in a snow emergency

  • Sign up for Norfolk Emergency Text Alerts by clicking here or by texting ‘norfolkalerts’ to 81257

  • For more information about snow emergencies, you can visit the Norfolk city website by clicking here

Spencer, Iowa:

  • Snow event declared Tuesday

  • City asks that vehicles be removed from city streets from midnight to 7 a.m.

  • Remains in effect until 48 hours after snow accumulation stops 

Storm Lake, Iowa:

  • Snow Emergency goes into effect Tuesday, February 19, at 10:00 p.m. and running stays in effect until through Friday, February 22 at 6 a.m.

  • Parking is not allowed on streets in residential areas between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

  • Parking is not allowed on streets in the Central Business District between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

  • Parking is not allowed in downtown public parking lots designated as Lot B and Lot D

  • Overnight parking in downtown public parking lots designated as Lot A and Lot C is allowed

  • Vehicles found to be in violation of the City’s snow policy may be ticketed and/or towed

  • For more information, residents can visit the City of Storm Lake web page or click here

Hinton, Iowa

  • Snow emergency starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday night. 

  • No parking is allowed on city streets.

  • Anyone with questions can call 712-947-4147

Sloan, Iowa:

  • Starts Tuesday night

  • No parking allowed on city streets

  • Remains in effect until snowfall has stopped and all streets have been cleared

Wayne, Nebraska

  • Snow emergency goes into effect Tuesday at 9 p.m.

  • Vehicles should be removed from the street to allow removal from the entire width of the city streets

    • Violators will be towed

  • Snow can’t be pushed onto the street

    • Except in the downtown business district

  • Make sure when piling snow near an intersection or alley to not exceed 30 inches high


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