When inclement weather is forecasted, the City of Elk River may declare a Snow Event, which will prohibit overnight parking on city streets between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. If plow operators encounter vehicles parked on city streets during a Snow Event, Elk River Police will be dispatched to ticket and tow, per city ordinance.
26 spaces for downtown overnight parking during a Snow Event is designated along the north side of the King Avenue parking lot (view map here).
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. Nightly parking restrictions will remain in effect from 2:00 to 6:00 a.m. until the Snow Event has been lifted by city staff.
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.