Hundreds of cars were ticketed and towed during the snow emergency in Mankato over the weekend. Mankato Department of Public Safety Commander Dan Schisel said, “Officers issued 518 citations for snow emergency and there were 218 vehicles that were towed.”

Mankato Department of Public Safety Commander Dan Schisel.

A citation for parking on the street includes a $25 fine, and the two tow companies the city uses charges owners an impound fee of just under $120 but Schisel explained, “They try to get the same amount but sometimes if there’s a significant amount of snow and it’s piled around it I think one may charge more to dig that out.”

Even if drivers return home and see that their street has been plowed, Schisel said they may still be given a ticket, “Because if they have to come back and clear that street and the vehicles are there…the operators (may) have to come back and clear it to the curb.”

Schisel added there are several options for vehicle owners, such as, “There are ramps downtown that we allow citizens to go down there and park in during the snow emergency or if there is a private lot that may be close to them that’s an alternative if they have permission.” The city also allows residents to park on their lawns during a snow emergency.”

Generally, snow emergencies will be called after three inches of snow falls.