Reminder: winter parking rules and Snow Action Days

With snow accumulation from the weekend and more snow on the way from Tuesday (Jan. 22) into Wednesday (Jan. 23), Physical Plant staff will be hard at work with snow removal. Your patience is greatly appreciated during this process!

If you encounter issues with snow or ice in parking facilities (surface lots, parking ramps/garages, moped lots) please let us know and we will coordinate maintenance requests. Note: clearing moped lots and bike parking areas is lower priority than clearing campus roadways, sidewalks, and motor vehicle lots. Moped riders—if your lot impacted by snow, contact us and park in the nearest available “all access” lot. See the moped parking map for options.


UW-Madison campus winter parking rules are in effect November 15, through March 15 from 2 – 6 a.m. every day, regardless of weather conditions.

  • No parking along Observatory Drive or Linden Drive. This includes the street stalls of Lot 26 and 40.
  • There is restricted parking in lots 16, 34, 40, 50, 51, and 137. Please park in designated rows (marked by the “Shoveling Bucky” signs).
  • Top levels of ramps may be blocked off to better facilitate snow removal.

A map of restricted winter parking areas and other winter tips can be found on the winter procedures page.


In the event of a University declared Snow Action Day, all normal winter parking rules are in effect, and no parking is allowed on the top level of UW parking ramps. Vehicles must be moved prior to 7 a.m. to avoid citation and relocation.


Madison Metro bus service may be delayed during snow events. Keep up-to-date with transit information on the Madison Metro website and/or sign up for email/text alerts (account creation required).