A Snow Event is declared following a forecast of falling and/or blowing snow expected to accumulate at a depth of 1.5+ inches, and/or freezing rain, sleet, or other winter weather patterns resulting in hazardous roadway conditions. The city will terminate the Snow Event once weather conditions have improved.
If the city declares a Snow Event, overnight parking on city streets and in city-owned parking lots is prohibited from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. If plow operators encounter vehicles parked on city streets and/or in restricted lots during a Snow Event, Elk River Police will be dispatched to ticket and tow, per city ordinance.
Similar to last year (2019-2020) the upper parking lot behind businesses like Blue Egg Bakery, Daddy-O’s, Occasional Fling, etc. as a restricted “no parking” area during a declared Snow Event. Ongoing safety concerns with snowpack/ice, paired with a very tight space and the inability to maneuver plow trucks around parked cars ultimately led to the decision to include this parking lot in emergency snow removal operations.
Where Can I Park During a Snow Event?
There will now be two areas provided for overnight downtown parking during a Snow Event. In addition to the 26 spaces along the north side of the King Avenue parking lot designated for overnight downtown parking during a Snow Event, the city has added 23 spaces in the lower lot (closest to the Mississippi River) behind the aforementioned businesses. View the map here.
The Elk River City Council adopted Snow Event parking restrictions as an alternative to daily, season-long parking restrictions that are a challenge to enforce and can be cumbersome for residents and visitors. Just remember, if it looks like it will snow, keep your vehicle off the street so the plows can have roads open for the next business day.
Snow Event Notification Methods
The City of Elk River has several ways to get the word out about Snow Events, including:
For the latest information on Snow Event declarations in a shareable user-friendly format, follow Elk River City Government on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you never miss a notification about winter parking restrictions.
CodeRED is an automated emergency alert notification system offered through Sherburne County. Any Elk River resident/business with a landline phone number is automatically subscribed to CodeRED annually, however residents have the option to opt out, or sign up to receive alerts on other devices, such as a cell phone, or sent via email. To sign up for CodeRed click here and complete the form.
Be sure to subscribe to Notify Me alerts on the city's website. Similar to CodeRED, Notify Me gives you the option to select how you'd like to be notified (email or text message), in addition to allowing you to choose what notifications you'd like to receive.