The cold, wet weather is a reminder that winter is just around the corner. The City of Sioux Falls says it's ready and has a few new tools to help everyone out this winter.
"When there is a snow alert that means that everybody needs to remove their cars off street," Street and Fleet Operations Manager Galynn Huber said.
Snow alerts are nothing new for Sioux Falls. But finding out when they'll be issued in your neighborhood is getting faster this year.
"Throughout the winter here, when we declare a snow alert, you will actually receive a message on your phone saying that the city of Sioux Falls has declared a snow alert," Huber said.
You can sign up for these instant notifications through a text or on the city's website. There will also be an interactive map on the site to show you which snow zone you live in.
And this year, no matter where you live, you could be seeing snow gates.
"The difference this year over the past three years is I don't have any set area that I'm going to be working these snow gates in. I don't have any test site per say," Huber said.
City officials say while they do their part to clear the roads, they expect residents to do their part.
"Our message this winter is, 'Don't wait; shovel within 48.' It means when it snows, whether it's an inch or six inches, you really need to get out and get your side walk clean," Assistant Director of Planning and Building Services Kevin Smith said.
If you don't have your sidewalk cleared, you will get a door hanger with a 24-hour warning.
If you still don't shovel, you will receive a $100 fine and it could triple depending on how much snow the city contractor has to move.
Smith says these strict guidelines are there for a reason.
"The elderly, the disabled, school children. They all need that part of our transportation system cleaned too. Sidewalks are a part of the transportation system, and it's where we really rely on individual property owners to become engaged," Smith said.
To receive alerts through email, text or social media, you can sign up on the city's website.
You can also text "Snow" to 605-413-1990.