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Snow Emergency Update: Nearly 220 vehicles towed in MPLS alone

The snow emergency in Minneapolis caused 770 tickets to be issued and 220 vehicles towed.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — After the first snow emergency of the season on Tuesday, hundreds of drivers around the Twin Cities metro were left with tickets, some dealing with the hefty cost of having their vehicles towed. 

The snow emergency in Minneapolis, for example, caused 770 tickets to be issued and 220 vehicles towed. 

On the other side of the Mississippi River in St. Paul, 849 vehicles were ticketed and 251 were towed. “We are currently still out plowing (and ticketing and towing) on the Day Plow Routes now,” said a St. Paul spokesperson as of 3p.m. Wednesday. 

Brooklyn Park, meanwhile, saw 135 vehicles towed due to the snow emergency, according to a city spokesperson. 

Richfield had 216 vehicles cited and 40 towed, according to the city's Chief of Police Jay Henthorne. 

The City of Bloomington, reportedly issued 12 citations and towed eight vehicles for snow emergency violations, according to Acting Deputy Chief of Police Michael Utecht. 

Civic penalties weren’t the only troubles drivers faced on Tuesday.

From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 29, the Minnesota Patrol reported 79 vehicle crashes, including four with injuries, 81 vehicle spinouts and 16 jackknifed semis.

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