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MILWAUKEE -- After the first significant snowfall of the season Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th -- some woke up on Monday morning to find out whether where they parked would make them pay.

More than four inches of snow fell in Milwaukee over the weekend, and that meant there were special rules in effect related to parking.

Snow on Milwaukee's East Side

Snow on Milwaukee's East Side

On one block of Cramer Street on Milwaukee's East Side, FOX6 News on Monday counted at least 10 cars with parking tickets on them -- each ticket worth $40.

"It's not a huge deal, but it`s just extra money, right before the holidays that I didn't need to spend. Oh well," Melissa Stevenson said.

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It's unclear exactly how many parking tickets were issued overnight -- but again, on just one block, FOX6 News counted $400 worth.

Haley Omick got a ticket Sunday.

"I called my dad all flustered. I checked the sign. I double checked it," Omick said.

"My boyfriend's car is like, four cars that way and I'm sure he's got a ticket," Stevenson said.

Then, you factor in jump starts and tows and the cost of the storm adds up!

Parking ticket

But parking tickets are avoidable -- if you simply pay attention to the rules, and follow them.

Certain residential streets are posted “No Parking When Snow Falls 4 Inches or More.”

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Parking is allowed on both sides of the street, except when snow has accumulated on the street surface to the depth of four inches or more. Then, no parking is allowed on the side of the street where the sign is posted until the snow has been removed — day or night or at any time of the year.

"If you see a Four-Inch Rule sign, you cannot park on that side of the street. All the other parking restrictions are still enforced," Laura Daniels with the DPW said.

On "48-Hour Exception" streets, drivers had to park on the odd numbered side of the street Sunday night by 11:00 p.m. and on the even side of the street by 11:00 p.m. Monday.

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Drivers are encouraged to check posted street signs for parking rules. Restrictions posted on those signs should be followed.

Don't see a sign? You can check specific street regulations HERE.

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