Understanding Winter Parking in Milwaukee

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Hey all you car owning people! It’s cold. It’s winter. There’s snow. You don’t want a ticket, so here is how you can avoid getting one this time of year.


The first thing you need to do is read the signs. There are a few different ones to keep an eye out for. Look out for signs that say no parking when there is 4 inches or more. It will be written on the lower half of the sign, generally. It’s self-explanatory, but you shouldn’t park there when Milwaukee is forecasted to get more than 4 inches of snow.


Areas that might have been fine to park in during the rest of the year, might be no parking zones in the winter. Look for a sign that reads “No Parking Dec 1 to Mar 1”. They are great spots in the summer, but not so much in the winter. The city does this on narrow streets so that they will have room to plow after snowfall.


When you’re parking overnight, you have to make sure to park on the correct side. On even-number days, you park on the even-numbered (by address) side of the street. On odd days, you park on the odd-numbered side of the street. Make sure to move your car daily. The city enforces this one to ensure that both sides of the street get plowed.


During a snow emergency, you can park in the parking lot of the Hartford Avenue School on Hartford and Maryland, next to the library. An emergency will be declared and notices will be posted on TV and Radio.


One last thing, if you are leaving town for break, you still need to shovel your sidewalk. You can receive a ticket and may receive the bill for snow removal that happened while you were gone. To avoid being ticketed, you must remove all snow from your sidewalk at least 24 hours before the last snowfall.