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Winter road rules in Madison

There’s nothing quite like winter in Wisconsin. To avoid being fined this year, we’re brushing up on the city’s winter road rules and resources.

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Drive safe this winter, 608today readers.| Photo by Chris Collins (Isthmus Portrait)

Now that another winter in Wisconsin is upon us, let’s refresh ourselves on Madison’s winter road rules.

First things first, find out if you’re in the Snow Emergency Zone.

  • I am | You only need to follow alternate side parking rules during a Declared Snow Emergency.
  • I’m not | Until March 15, you have to follow alternate side parking rules every day, snow or shine.

Alternate side parking means that where we park from 1-7 a.m. depends on the date. Before you go to bed, check if tomorrow’s date is an even number or an odd number.

  • It’s even | Park on the side of the street that the even-numbered houses are on
  • It’s odd | Park on the odd-numbered side

How do I know if there’s a Declared Snow Emergency?

Pro tip: Alternate side parking fines go from $20 to $60 during a Declared Snow Emergency, so be sure to stay in the (s)know.