City of Lincoln: Parking bans not necessary in ice storm

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- City crews are out treating the roads Sunday with granular salt, pre-wet with anti-ice brine as freezing rain continues to move through the area. According to the National Weather Service, southeast portions of Nebraska, including Lincoln, remain under an ice storm warning until 3 a.m. Tuesday.

While the city continues its material spreading operation, officials said this will not include a parking ban for residential streets in Lincoln. According to city definition, parking bans are only issued when snow falls. Plows need extra room to clear snow off the streets, but that's not the case for material spreading.

Lincoln's citizen information center manager, Diane Gonzolas, has worked for the city for at least 18 years. She said she can not recall a time the city has ever issued a parking ban for any weather event other than snow.

If you'd like to protect your vehicle from the elements, but don't have a garage, city parking garages are an option. According to Park & Go, city garages are open 24/7. The first hour is free, then $1.25 for each additional hour. The max a person can pay per day is $11.25. Parking rates increased on January 1, 2017.