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City declares snow emergency

January 7, 2010

The city of Madison has declared a snow emergency. That means that alternate-side parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the entire city, including the downtown/isthmus snow emergency zone.

Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. Residents who must park on the street tonight (Jan. 7) should park on the even house-numbered side of the street. Vehicles parked on the street the evening of Friday, Jan. 8, should be parked on the odd house-numbered side of the street. Violations of the alternate-side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire city. Violators could also be towed.

The snow emergency will remain in effect until at least 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of city-owned ramps in the downtown area. During a declared snow emergency, drivers can park for no charge at the city ramps from 9 p.m.-7 a.m. If you enter before 9 p.m. or leave after 7 a.m., you are liable for any parking charges before 9 p.m. and from 7 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the ramps overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in city ramps longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and ramps are enforced 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

Parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.

Madison residents can get complete snow emergency information at or by calling 261-9111.