Our first blizzard of 2014 has proved to be a pretty good one. Although we have only picked up 1.7 inches of snow (still snowing) the city of Sioux Falls has issued a snow alert.

At first I thought it a little strange, but I imagine that there are spots in Sioux Falls where drifting of snow could be causing some pretty good pile ups.  Here's the update from the city website at siouxfalls.org.

Snow Alert for the City of Sioux Falls

The Public Works Street Division has declared a snow alert. Plowing of emergency snow routes began earlier today and will continue until winds subside. All vehicles parked on emergency snow routes are subject to immediate ticketing and towing.

Zone 3: Plowing in Zone 3 will begin after 1 a.m., Friday, January 17, 2014, after emergency routes have been cleared. All streets in Zone 3 will be plowed. All vehicles parked in Zone 3 are subject to ticketing and towing during snow plowing operations until the streets have been plowed.

Zone 2: Plowing of north/south streets will begin on Friday, January 17, 2014, at 8 a.m. Plowing of east/west streets will begin on Friday, January 17, 2014, at 8 p.m. All vehicles parked on streets in Zone 2 during snow plowing operations are subject to ticketing and towing.

Zone 1: Snow pickup operations in Zone 1 will begin at 1 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Vehicles parked in Zone 1 will be subject to ticketing and towing between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014. During a snow alert, parking is prohibited in the downtown area between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

General snow removal information is available on the City’s website at www.siouxfalls.org/snow and on cable channel CityLink.

If you are unsure what snow zone you are in, or where the zone boundaries are located, use our online interactive map, which allows you to pinpoint your zone by address. This is available at www.siouxfalls.org/snow.