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Snow Emergency Zone expanded again for 2020/2021 winter


The City of Madison’s alternate side parking restrictions begin at 1 a.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

Alternate side parking is in effect each night from November 15, 2020 to March 15, 2021. This parking rule is only enforced between the hours of 1:00am and 7:00am

Residents who park who park on the street within Snow Emergency Zone only need to follow the alternate side parking rule when a Declared Snow Emergency is in effect.

You can sign up to receive regular Winter Text alerts telling you where to park your car during the winter months at

Residents can also sign up to receive email and text alerts when a snow emergencies are declared and you can also receive updates detailing the Streets Division’s snow plowing operations. You can sign up for these alerts at the winter website, too.

Snow Emergency Zone Information
The Snow Emergency Zone has expanded again for this winter.

A map of the new Snow Emergency Zone area can be found on the City of Madison Winter website.

In this area of Madison, alternate side parking is only enforced during Declared Snow Emergencies.

Residents who park their vehicles on the street within the Snow Emergency Zone should sign up to receive snow emergency alerts so you will know when to follow alternate side parking rules.

You can sign up for these alerts at the City of Madison Winter website.

Alternate Side Parking Rules
Vehicles parked on the street should be parked on the odd house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on odd numbered dates.

Vehicles should be parked on the even house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on even numbered dates.

Violations of the alternate side parking ordinance are punishable by fines of $20. The fine increases to $60 during a declared Snow Emergency. Vehicles may also be towed.

Follow All Posted Parking Rules
Besides alternate side parking rules, you should continue to follow parking signs. These posted restrictions will be enforced regardless of weather conditions.

Many streets within the Snow Emergency Zone also have a posted once weekly four-hour parking restriction. These restrictions are like other posted parking regulations. They are enforced throughout the winter months, including during declared snow emergencies.

Following all parking rules helps snow plowing operations because crews will be able to push the snow out of the road when cars are not blocking the plow truck’s path.

Don’t Let the Snow Lead to a Ticket or a Tow
In preparation of the snowy months ahead, the Streets Division recommends that you park or store boats, trailers, and seldom-used cars off the street to avoid fines and help keep your street plowed wide and safe all winter long.

Remember to plan ahead when parking on the street and be aware of any alternate side rules and always follow posted parking signs.

Additional Information

More information regarding winter parking rules, and the ability to sign up to receive email and text alerts, is available on the City’s winter web site,

Winter parking information can also be obtained by calling the winter parking hotline at 608-261-9111.

Even more useful winter information, such as information about salt use, locations for free sand to use on sidewalks, or tips on how to bicycle in the winter, and more are all available at