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No parking when snow is over 2 inches sign on the 3400 block of South Archer Avenue in Chicago. (Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune / November 30, 2008)

Some car owners had a rude awakening on New Year's Day.

Finding your car has been towed is probably not the best way to start 2014. But the city towed 64 vehicles between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. Jan. 1 for violating the overnight parking ban, according to Molly Poppe, spokeswoman for the city's Streets and Sanitation department.

The winter overnight parking ban is in effect Dec. 1 through April 1 regardless of snow and covers 107 miles of arterial streets. Cars that park on the routes during the ban can hinder the city's fleet of trucks from clearing the snow and salting the street.

Cars in violation of the ban get towed to city pounds located at 10301 S. Doty Ave. or 701 N. Sacramento Ave. Owners get slapped with a minimum $150 towing fee, $60 ticket, and a storage fee of $20 per day.

The city did not tow any cars on Jan. 1 for violating a separate two-inch parking ban for 500 miles of main streets because, Poppe said, weather conditions did not warrant it. Car owners could get a ticket or have their vehicle relocated for violating the two-inch snow parking ban when in effect.

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