The Cloquet City Council has amended its winter parking rules - in effect from Nov. 1 to March 31 each year - to allow the police department to clear the streets more quickly during a snow emergency so city plow drivers can better clear the streets.

Street parking hours during a snow emergency - defined by the city as at least 2 inches of snow - were expanded by three hours to midnight to 6 a.m. In addition, police officers will be allowed to call a tow truck immediately instead of waiting four hours after issuing a ticket to call a wrecker to remove the vehicle.

Cloquet Police Commander Carey Ferrell said Tuesday, April 2, the changes will help clear streets of obstacles for plow drivers before they arrive and prevent them from doubling back to clear areas blocked by illegally parked vehicles.

Typically, city plow drivers head out to clear the streets about 3 a.m., according to Cloquet Public Works Director Caleb Peterson.