Milwaukee DPW declares overnight snow operation Saturday

NOW: Milwaukee DPW declares overnight snow operation Saturday

Updated: 8:30 a.m. January 19, 2019

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) has called for an overnight snow clearing operation for the entire city starting Saturday, January 19. 

All residents who park overnight on a Milwaukehttp://e street must move their vehicles to the ODD numbered side of the street by 11:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, January 19 through 6:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. Residents must then move their vehicles again on Sunday, January 20 by 11:00 p.m. to the EVEN numbered side of the street through Monday morning, January 21.

City residents are reminded that the posted street sign takes precedence in all areas of the city. Please read the street signs on the block/in the neighborhood for winter parking instructions BEFORE YOU PARK. As not all winter parking rules are posted, residents should also check for parking restrictions at Residents can also call (414) 286-CITY (-2489). Designated Milwaukee Public Schools lots will be available for off-street parking on Saturday night January 19 beginning at 7:00 p.m. This parking option is designed to assist residents who live in congested parking areas to find overnight parking from 11:00 6:00 a.m.

NOTE: All vehicles must be moved from MPS lots by 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22 or they may be subject to ticketing and towing. For a list of school parking lot locations, go to

Once City streets have been cleared, DPW will notify residents again that the operation has concluded and regular overnight parking will once again be in effect, until the next operation is called. Failure to move a vehicle overnight during a declared DPW operation will result in a $40 citation. Vehicles are subject to a possible tow if they have three (3) or more outstanding citations 60 days or more past due. Remember – you also need a valid overnight parking permit to park on a City street.

Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive a Snow Mobile Winter Text Alert message and/or an E-Notify email message which serve to alert them that a DPW operation has been called, and that vehicles must be moved accordingly.

To sign up for either or both alerts, go to or call (414) 286-CITY for assistance.

At 4:00 p.m. January 18 DPW says they began salting with 103 trucks focused on arterials. At 2:00 a.m. January 19, crews started plowing, focused on arterial streets. At 6:00 a.m. general plowing began with side streets starting to be plowed. As of 8:00 a.m. Saturday, DPW says 279 trucks are being used to clear the snow.  


Posted: 3:53 p.m. January 18, 2019

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works says a snow operation will likely be issued on Saturday, January 19.

DPW will be sending hundreds of salt trucks and plows into the streets this weekend. Once the snow starts to fall, Milwaukee's Department of Public Works will be plowing and salting 7,000 miles of roadway and could put as many as 300 trucks on the road. 

DPW has been planning for the storm, putting salt brine on streets and bridges over the last few days. DPW's Director of Operations says the plan was put in place Thursday.

"Some people were released at noon to get rest and come back this evening, so we start with a big snow like this, we start rolling into 12-hour shifts. That's management, support staff, and drivers, so that we get rest in between, but that we also stay on the road. So we have already started our operation, the A-team is on. B-team will be coming in this evening to take it overnight," said DPW Director of Operations Laura Daniels. 

Residents wishing to park on the street must park on the odd side of the street to avoid being ticketed. The snow operation means that alternate side parking rules are in effect from 11 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Parking for those who can't find parking on the street is available at some MPS parking lot locations.

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