First battered by snow, now towed

By 1:30 Monday afternoon, 1,047 cars had been towed due to snow emergency violations.

Mechanical engineering major Fabio Mariuci waits in line to retrieve his car Monday night at the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

Mechanical engineering major Fabio Mariuci waits in line to retrieve his car Monday night at the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

Adam Daniels

Along with the first snowfall of the season came a total of 1,047 cars that were towed due to snow emergency violations Saturday and Sunday, as of 1:30 Monday.
More than 8 inches of snowfall was recorded at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The city of Minneapolis declared a snow emergency Saturday afternoon. Monday was the third and final day of the snow emergency, which ended at 8 p.m.
University of Minnesota junior Jeanne Klein was among those towed.
She said she walked outside and thought, âÄúMy car is gone, the whole street is cleared. I had no idea there was a snow emergency.âÄù
The City of Minneapolis declares snow emergencies no later than 6 p.m.
In addition to the towings, as many as 200,000 Xcel Energy customers were left without power over the weekend as heavy, wet snow snapped power lines around the Metro. Power was restored to most of those customers by Monday morning.
To learn more about snow emergencies and how to make sure you donâÄôt get towed, visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/snow/.