You can expect "snow accumulation of two to five inches before tapering off Tuesday morning," the NWS warned, with gusts up to 50 mph in open areas blowing snow and reducing visibility.
The snow was already enough to complicate the morning commute. By 6:30 a.m., drive times from Hudson to St. Paul were triple the normal lengths, according to WCCO-AM.
As announced on the ci.hudson.wi.us website:
The City of Hudson has declared a Snowplowing Event effective at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. All non-permitted vehicles shall be removed from City streets immediately or they will be ticketed and/or towed.
Here's more background on the city's snowplowing policy:
The City of Hudson has a specific ordinance that deals with snow plowing events that require all residents to remove their vehicles from all City streets, roadways and city-maintained alleys. Basically, any time there is a two inch or greater snow event...the ordinance kicks in.
And here's how to sign up to receive automatic alerts:
City residents can
receive a notification from the City when a snow plowing event has been
declared by following these instructions: In the middle of the main page of the City's web site, click on the NOTIFICATION SIGN-UP button. Follow the instructions in the box labeled NOTIFY ME. To receive the
snow event alert, go to the "Alert Center" section and click on the
envelope for email notification, click on the phone for text
notification or both to receive notification by both methods. Once
finished, a box will appear notifying you that you must confirm the
notification sign up by responding to an email sent to the email address
you provided. Once the confirmation is made, you should receive
notification any time a snow event is declared. If the City receives
what appears to be two or more inches of snow and you do not receive a
notification, please re-verify that you have properly requested
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