Winter 4-inch rule in effect for Milwaukee

CREATED Jan 30, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 27, 2013

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  • Snow weights down tree branches on N. 67th St. in Wauwatosa Wednesday. Reports show snowfall totals ranged from 5 to 8 inches in Milwaukee County. STAFF PHOTOS | YOUR PHOTOS Image by Gary Porter - Journal Sentinel

UPDATED 3:53 a.m. Feb. 27 - According to the City of Milwaukee, the "four-inch rule" has gone into effect. According to the city, the parking rules will go into effect at 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

You can find the list of parking restrictions for your street here.

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works Commissioner of Public Works Ghassan Korban has declared a snow emergency effective from 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 until 5:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 to facilitate effective curb-to-curb plowing on the main roads.

During a snow emergency:

• Night parking regulations go into effect from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (instead of 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.)
• No parking is allowed on arterials, bus lines, or thru-highways from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
• No parking on the side of residential streets signed “No Parking During Snow Emergency” or “No Parking from December 1st to March 1st” or “No Parking Anytime”.
• Posted signs for other parking restrictions must be obeyed, specifically the “4 inch rule” sign
• Comply with the alternate side street parking on other residential streets.
• Vehicles parked on streets designated as “Snow Route Tow Away Zones” will be ticketed and towed when a snow emergency is declared.

Citizens are urged to follow these restrictions to allow for the most effective and complete plowing of City streets.

If your car is towed, the City’s Tow Lot will extend its customer service and telephone inquiry hours to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28. Normal hours – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – will resume on Friday, March 1.

Milwaukee Public Schools has designated playgrounds available for off street parking during snow emergencies from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Read below to learn all the restrictions of Winter parking rules in the city of Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE - The city of Milwaukee wants to remind residents of the rules for parking during the Winter months. They have a list of the types of regulations in effect, as well as those that take effect when snow falls.

The types of regulations in effect for the city are listed below, courtesy of

No overnight parking is allowed on through highways and mass transit (bus) routes from December 1 to March 1. These streets are not posted. For a list of these streets please go to the Winter Parking Regulations page. In case of a "Snow Emergency" prior to December 1 or after March 1, vehicles must be moved to a side street and must be legally parked in conformity with all other regulations on the proper side of the street.

Overnight parking is allowed on both sides of the street from March 1 to December 1. Alternate side night parking is allowed from December 1 to March 1. These streets are not posted. For a list of these streets please go to the Winter Parking Regulations page.

Certain residential streets are posted "No Parking When Snow Falls 4 Inches or More." Parking is allowed on both sides of the street, except when snow has accumulated on the street surface to the depth of 4 inches or more. Then no parking is allowed on the side of the street where the sign is posted until the snow has been removed--day or night or at any time of the year. To determine whether this regulation applies to a specific street go to Street Parking Regulations.

Certain residential streets are restricted to parking on a specific side of the street during the winter months. These streets are posted with signs reading "No Parking" on one side of the street, either for the entire December 1 to March 1 period, or with a monthly alternation of the prohibited side. To determine whether this regulation applies to a specific street go to Street Parking Regulations.

If a snow emergency has been declared, night parking regulations are in effect from 11:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. on all city streets regardless of the winter parking regulation.

A "Snow Emergency" is declared to exist whenever snow falls during any period of 24 hours or less to a depth which is determined and declared by the Commissioner of Public Works to constitute a serious public hazard impairing transportation, the movement of food and fuel supplies, medical care, fire, health, and police protection, and other vital facilities of the City. Such an emergency is declared to continue for a period of 72 hours or until such earlier times as snow plowing operations have been declared completed by the Commissioner of Public Works. "Snow Emergencies" are widely publicized on local radio and television stations. In addition, "Temporary No Parking Tow Away" signs may be posted by the City to assist in clean-up after major snowfalls. Vehicles parked in violation of "Snow Route Tow-Away Zone" and "Temporary No Parking Tow Away" signs or obstructing traffic during a "Snow Emergency" will be towed away at owner's expense. There are no exceptions.

Milwaukee Public Schools makes some of its playgrounds and parking lots available for overnight parking during declared snow emergencies and clean-up periods. Take a look at Snow Emergency, Off-Street Parking on School Playgrounds List. Call the Department of Public Works Information Center at (414) 286-8282 during regular business hours for the location of a playground nearest your home.