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Full list of snow ordinances, parking bans for Friday and Saturday

With several inches of snow expected Friday, cities across central Iowa have begun to announce emergency measures for drivers.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A snowstorm is coming in Friday, bringing significant snow for most of the Des Moines metro during the afternoon and evening. 

A Winter Storm Warning began Friday morning and continues through 6 a.m. Saturday. This includes a large stretch of Iowa, extending from the Minnesota border to the Missouri line, and including all of metro Des Moines. 

Some brief heavy snow moved through Friday morning, but more steady, widespread snow will begin in central Iowa after 10 a.m. or later. Southern Iowa can expect more substantial snow to begin by afternoon. Still, be aware of slick conditions this morning.

Moderate to heavy snow will quickly unfold during the afternoon and evening, with the peak intensity likely occurring between 2 and 10 p.m. Travel is not advised during this timeframe, as road conditions will be in poor shape and visibility will be low most of the time. 

By the time the snow wraps up, the majority of warned areas can expect 6-10" of snow accumulation. A few isolated locations may receive more than 10" Snow totals will be lower across far western Iowa and far eastern Iowa, where the influence of warmer air and drier air will be more prevalent.

Unlike the New Year's Day storm, this snow will be wetter and heavier, and therefore more difficult to shovel. Breezy winds could cause some blowing and drifting snow, but that likely won't be a significant issue.

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Important winter weather information


The city's snow ordinance will take effect at noon Friday and remain in place until the streets are completely plowed and it stops snowing. The city said it anticipates the ordinance being lifted Saturday afternoon.

  • Vehicles must be moved to off-street parking or to streets not designated as snow routes
    • Snow routes are marked with red and white signs.
  • The city is also asking residents to move parked cars from residential streets, especially if the cars are parked on a cul-de-sac or circle.

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The city's snow ordinance is no longer in effect as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

During a snow ordinance: 

  • No parking allowed on all public streets, alleys and on-street parking within the city when the snow ordinance is in effect. 
  • No parking is allowed until the snow ordinance is officially lifted by the City. 
  • Parking in The District at Prairie Trail and Uptown Ankeny business district is prohibited from 2 – 6 a.m.
  • Vehicles parked on the street during a snow ordinance will be ticketed $40 and may be towed.

Residents can find more parking info during the ordinance by texting "ANKENY" to 97063. Towed vehicles can be located by calling the Ankeny Police Department at 515-289-5240. 


A snow ordinance is in effect Friday at 9 p.m. for residential areas and 11 p.m. for the business district.

All vehicles must be moved off the streets


The city's snow ordinance goes into effect at 10 a.m. Friday and will remain in place for 24 hours after snowfall stops. 

"This will be a significant snowfall event that will take Public Works Crews time to clear. Mains Roads and Residential Collector Streets will be the priority focus during the event. Public Works asks residents for their patience and cooperation as crews work to clear the roadways," the city said in an email. 

Cars must be removed from any city street within one hour of the declaration and stay off the streets for 24 hours after snowfall stops. Vehicles not removed from streets are subject to ticketing and possibly towing at the owner's expense if not removed within 12 hours after the declaration. 


The city's snow ordinance will go into effect at 6 a.m. Friday and remain in place for 24 hours or until the snow stops.

  • Parking or leaving vehicles unattended on public streets or alleyways is not permitted. The following streets are exempt from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., but parking is still prohibited overnight:
    • 1st Street from Highway 5 to Main Street
    • School Street from 2nd Street to the railroad tracks
    • Garfield Street from School Street to Main Street
  • Anyone violating the ordinance may be ticketed.

For more information, contact the City of Carlisle at 515-989-3224 or the Carlisle Police Department at 515-961-1122.

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Residents are asked to move their vehicles off of city streets to help crews with snow removal in a "safe and efficient manner." The city's website says cars should not be parked on the street when snow or ice is falling or drifting on the street.

Residents can move their cars back to street parking 24 hours following the end of any winter weather event as soon as crews have plowed from curb to curb. More information on shoveling sidewalks can be found on the city's website here

Des Moines

The city's snow ordinance and odd/even parking is in effect as of 7 a.m. Saturday.

  • Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., cars must be parked on the side of the street with odd-numbered houses on odd dates and even-numbered houses on even dates. Since Sunday is the 16th, park on the side of the street with even-numbered houses if you live in the Drake, Carpenter or Sherman Hill neighborhoods in addition to parts of the River Bend neighborhood.
    • Find more information and a map of those neighborhoods here.
  • You can find current parking restrictions here and sign up for email notifications from the city here.
  • Residents have 48 hours after the snow stops to clear their sidewalks before they could become subject to administrative penalties of at least $75.


The city's snow emergency ban goes into effect when there are two or more inches of snow. It remains in effect for 48 hours after snow has stopped falling or until streets are clear.

  • Parking on the street is not permitted
  • Vehicles in violation of this order may be ticketed $35 or towed at the owner's expense.

For more information, call 515-961-9400.


The city says its parking ban will go into effect at noon on Friday and remain in effect until 5 p.m. on Saturday. During this time, there is no parking allowed on any city streets. 


Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper says the snow ordinance and parking restrictions go into effect at noon on Friday. 

Marshalltown snow ordinance parking restrictions go into effect at noon today (January 14).

Posted by Marshalltown Police Department on Friday, January 14, 2022


The city's snow ordinance has been lifted as of 4 p.m. Saturday.


The city's snow ordinance has been lifted as of 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Residents have 24 hours from the last snow fall to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice.


The city's snow ordinance went into effect at noon Friday. It has been lifted as of 12:30 p.m. Saturday.


The city's parking ban will be in effect from Friday at noon through Saturday at 5 p.m.

  • Parking on public streets is not permitted allowed.
  • Vehicles in violation of the ordinance may be ticketed or impounded.
    • For questions about ticketing and towing, contact the Waukee Police Department at 515-978-7979.

Residents can find more information here and register for alerts from the city here.

West Des Moines

The city's parking ban is in effect from noon Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday. West Des Moines extended the parking ban Friday afternoon.  

  • Parking is prohibited on all city streets.
  • There is a $50 fine for violating the ban, and vehicles are subject to towing.

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