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Hopkins Schools Start 2 Hours Late, Snow Emergency Begins at 10 a.m.

Snow emergency restrictions remain in place until streets are plowed curb to curb and parking spaces are completely plowed. Schools are starting two hours late.

All Hopkins Public Schools will be starting two hours late, the district announced Tuesday morning. There will be no morning kindergarten or Early Childhood Special Needs.

Meanwhile, City of Hopkins officials declared a snow emergency that starts at 10 a.m., Parks and Streets Superintendent Jay Strachota said.

The snow emergency means residents must remove their cars from city streets, parking spaces and rights-of-way. Any vehicles that aren’t moved may be towed.

Plow trucks have been out all day hitting main routes, problem spots, the downtown and parking as they could get to it, Strachota said. Plows will be out again tomorrow morning.

Strachota encourages residents to remove their vehicle from the roads as soon as possible since plows will be out before the snow emergency begins.

“With the amount of snow coming, it’s going to be a good idea to just get off those streets,” he said.

Snow emergency restrictions remain in place until streets are plowed curb to curb and parking spaces are completely plowed. Those without their own off-street parking can click here to see a map of approved snow emergency parking locations.

Anyone whose vehicle is towed can call 952-949-2385 to find out how to reclaim the vehicle or click here for further details. Owners must show proof of ownership, proof of insurance and a valid driver's license.

Hopkins declares snow emergencies when snow is more than two inches deep, as measured in the community.

Yesterday, Hopkins Public Schools cancelled all late buses and after-school student activities Monday, including youth-enrichment classes. Secondary schools released at 2:10 p.m. to allow adequate time for buses to reach elementary schools. Kids and Co. is operating at normal hours.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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Click here for a look at Hopkins’ snow rules in greater detail.

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