Milwaukee declares snow emergency, parking rules take effect

A Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) plow removes snow on Jan. 26, 2021.

The City of Milwaukee declared a snow emergency for Thursday, Feb. 4 as winter weather hit southeastern Wisconsin.

From 10 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, alternate side parking will be required on side streets and no parking will be allowed on main streets. Posted street signs take precedence.

All residents who park overnight in Milwaukee must move their cars to the even-numbered side of the street by 10 p.m. 

Designated Milwaukee Public Schools lots will be available for off-street parking beginning Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. All vehicles must be moved from MPS lots by 7 a.m. the following morning. For a list of school parking lot locations, go to

Stay Informed

  • Sign up for Parking Alerts: text alerts at and/or e-notify email messages at
  • Follow DPW on Facebook and Twitter – both @milwaukeedpw
  • Join Next Door to receive DPW updates (City residents only)
  • Call (414) 286-CITY for information and assistance · Check the DPW website at

To confirm the main streets which do not allow any parking and for additional parking restriction information visit Residents can also call (414) 286-CITY.

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Winter weather advisory for SE WI now active through noon Friday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of southeast Wisconsin from 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 to 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.