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The snow has arrived | Pay attention to these city snow ordinances, parking bans

Most of central Iowa will pick up at least 1" of snow before Tuesday morning. Those along and north of I-80 can expect 2-4" between Monday night and Wednesday.

IOWA, USA — It's finally here: the Iowa snow.

And with it comes cities issuing parking bans or snow ordinances to keep public streets clear as plows move about.

From the Local 5 Weather team:

Scattered light snow showers will begin in southwest Iowa Monday evening. Snow will become widespread across central Iowa late in the night and should stick around Tuesday morning. The snow will then become more scattered Tuesday afternoon and evening, favoring northern and eastern Iowa. One final round of snow showers will be possible Wednesday morning and early afternoon.

Most of central Iowa will pick up at least 1" of snow. Those along and north of I-80 can expect 2-4" between Monday night and Wednesday. The bulk of that will accumulate Tuesday morning. A winter weather advisory will be in effect through 6 p.m. Tuesday.


The city's snow ordinance goes into effect at noon Tuesday. 

From the city:

Snow routes are marked by red and white signs. Vehicles must be moved to off-street parking or to streets that are not designated snow routes. It is important to remember the Snow Ordinance remains in effect until the streets are completely plowed from curb to curb, AND it has stopped snowing.  


The City of Ankeny's snow ordinance goes into effect Tuesday at 6 a.m. and remains in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

No parking is allowed on all public streets, alleys or on-street parking spots. Parking in The District at Prairie Trail is not allowed from 2 to 6 a.m.

To locate towed vehicles, call the Ankeny Police Department at 515-28-5240.

Des Moines

"Expect slippery road conditions for overnight travel and morning commutes. Be prepared to slow down and use caution while traveling," the city posted to social media.


Per city rules:

"Due to two or more inches predicted by [the National Weather Service] the ordinance will be in effect when the snow is or has fallen. This ordinance remains in effect for 48 hours after the snow has stopped falling or until the streets are clear."

Parking on public streets or alleys during the city's snow emergency parking ban is prohibited.


Johnston's snow ordinance is in effect from Tuesday at 6 a.m. through Wednesday at 5 p.m.

No parking is allowed on city streets during while the parking ban is in place.

West Des Moines

The city's Emergency Snow Parking ban is no longer in effect, as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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