The phrase "jumping through hoops" may come to mind if you're one of those Twin Cities drivers who don't have the luxury of off-street parking this winter.
That's because both St. Paul and Minneapolis have called snow emergenciesin light of this weekend's huge snowfall.
The declaration likely caused a collective groan across the metro, aswinter parking restrictions were already in placein both cities.
But don't worry — those restrictions have been put on hold, meaning you can treat this as you would a normal snow emergency ("normal" being a very relative term here).
Still, the rules can be pretty confusing, so here's a quick lowdown on where you can, and can't, park your car for the next couple of days.
In both Minneapolis and St. Paul, the winter parking bans prohibit anyone from parking on the EVEN side of residential streets until April 1.
But now that both cities have temporarily suspended those bans, you're safe to park your car on either side of the street as of 4 p.m. Sunday.
That is, until 9 p.m. Sunday night, when the plowing begins.
From there, things will proceed in a way you're used to if you've been through the snow emergency song-and-dance before, though be warned that when it's over, the one-sided parking bans go back into effect.
In the meantime, if you're in St. Paul, thestreet lookup map is right here, andhere's the one for Minneapolis.
Courtesy of BringMeTheNews.com