NORFOLK, Neb. -- As winter weather made its way through Nebraska, cities across the state declared a snow emergency, but what does that exactly mean?

snow emergency is essentially a parking ban on certain streets to allow for trucks to remove snow.

First trucks will remove snow from an emergency route, followed by residential streets. This emergency route is decided by the city to allow first responders a safe route to respond to any potential incidents taking place in town.

The ban also extends to residential streets, normally blocking residents from parking on a certain side of the road. For example, the City of Norfolk says residential streets can only have vehicles parked on the side that has even numbers. 

"Those snow routes are set up so they can be completely cleared and accessible," said Norfolk Police Captain Chad Reiman. 

Still, residents park in a banned area from time to time, whether intentionally or not, it results in their cars being towed away and ticketed.

Reiman says over 100 vehicles received a ticket this week and at least a dozen cars were towed away.

"Obviously the idea is not to ticket people," Captain Reiman said. "The idea is not to tow people...but when the emergency is declared and it is put in place it has to be enforced."

Captain Reiman says if a resident's car is towed, they will have to talk with the Police Division, who will give them instructions on how to get their car back.

Residents should visit their city's webpage when a snow emergency is declared and see if they need to take their car off the street.