MnDOT And Metrodome Prepare For Snow

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s all hands on deck for Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) workers.

Crews are preparing their equipment to tackle all the snow that’s headed our way.

And it’s not just MnDOT preparing, the Metrodome is too.

There is a plan in place to make sure the snow does not once again invade Viking territory.

Remember when the snow and ice on top of the Metrodome was too much for it?

Well, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission does and they are doing all they can to make sure it does not happen again.

According to the commission’s Executive Director, Bill Lester, the Metrodome is ready to handle the weather.

Lester said the roof is in an inverted position, stabilized and that the heat is on inside the stadium bowl.

He also said the heat can be controlled and he hopes that when the snow falls on top of the panels, the heat in the bowl will melt the snow.

If the snow piles up on the roof, however, the commission is prepared to flush down the panels with hot water to help melt the snow.

MnDOT is also preparing for snow.

Crews are expected to be called in to work as soon as the first snowflakes fly. They will work 12-hour shifts until the roads are clear.

In the past two days, crews pre-treated the roads.

MnDOT’s Kent Barnard said that last week’s warm weather is giving his crews a jump start when it comes to fighting the snowy threat.

“Mother nature helped us by melting some of the snow away,” he said. “So with the new snow coming in we have a place to plow the snow.”

Now, all Barnard is waiting on is the snow to fall.

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  • Mark

    It’s “bear not “bare”,

  • Robin

    Funny you should mention this, Mark. I have noticed for a long time, the typographical errors and/or wrong word usage within their stories. I have seen as many as three, in one story alone. ~

  • Shane G

    Who cares..the point is about snow, not an article about grammar and English.

    • Gary

      “Who cares..the point is about snow, not an article about grammar and English.”

      Well, who gives a damn about anything, then. Why don’t you just go to some unreadable foreign website and read the news. If we can’t count on a newspage to deliver real language we may as well close all the public schools. Words have meaning and ideas have consequences.

    • Andrew Mostovoy

      Really Shane? Has it become OK to deliver professional journalism wrought with spelling and grammatical errors? Is that the “new” American standard? Predicates – no need, punctuation – no need, spelling, grammar, no need. Why don’t we just grunt like monkeys?

      • John Barber

        It sounds like you are grunting like a monkey already. Reading is a pleasure for most. Apparently not for you and whats his face.

    • Skeezer

      This storm is a joke… No death and destruction here, time to go fabricate another story somewhere else.

  • Greg

    Get a life people, its easy to misspell a word or uses a word wrong in a sentance. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

    • Gill M

      The gramer must be adresed. Gary don’t get any good schooling and only cares about the snow and Greg is a school yard bully. All of you turn on chenel 2 and learn ABC’s . After sum learnin and proper gramer can we play the snow. OMG what about me funding for chanel TPT?

  • stephanie

    alright fellas can’t we all just get along. Bear/bare. Bare means;
    lacking the usual or appropriate covering clothing. So it was too much to bare without the appropriate roof covering.

  • Kwai Chang Caine

    Do people go out of their way to ignore the point of a story and just focus on the punctuation?, I agree it’s pathetic journalism but can’t we all just get along!!!

  • paul

    I can’t get no satisfaction.

  • Boots

    Because it’s about the dumbing down of America-standards get lower and lower. If a journalist doesn’t know or care enough to get their words right, they have no business in the business. I’m sick of idiots masquerading as professionals.

  • dmc

    I too am more than a little annoyed at people who write for a living – reliying on spell check to be correct. What happened to editors – people who actual read a story to find those pesky errors.

    • Paul


      “Reliying?” Heehee….

      Beside the point – so when the melt the snow on the roof – and it’s in an inverted position, won’t it all collect in the middle of the roof? Or do they have some rather large buckets set up on the field to catch it all?

  • Barney

    Lack of attention to grammar, and other “minor” points, is irrelevant, UNTIL the lazy/uncaring/uneducated perpetrator is the one responding to your insurance claim or tax return.

  • Willow

    It’s 8:18 AM. Where is all this snow they speak of?

  • edward

    What ? Getting hung on grammer in the land of huntin’ and fishin’ and “our forefathers fought tirelessly to end slavery “….hahahaha. Love you kids !!!

    • Frank V.

      Oh, Ed! You Kidder, you. Meeet for coffee?More?

  • Billy

    Prepare? All hands on deck? The plows are on the trucks, there is salt in the trucks 24/7. What is there to prepare? How much OT, xOT, or xxOT did we pay state employees this weekend to prepare?

    • lal

      my husband is a state employee and he didn get called in until tonight. He has never been paid OT to prepare. He gets called on weekends, holidays, kids birthdays to plow roads for all of you and yes gets paid OT! He has missed some weekends of plowing and gets yelled at on Monday for not showing up! J

  • JM

    You are so right, Bill!! .How much have we paid for this? What did we do before all the chemicals to treat roads? No wonder cities/counties are in the red with their budgets. You just slow down when it is showing and not drive like it is summer out!!

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