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By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — The snowstorm caused some rough travel conditions across the metro. The plows are working around the clock to clear the streets but there are still snow covered roads around the Twin Cities.

It may be his day off, but Jeffrey Zurfluh is hard at work.

“I think it’s pretty crazy but I wish we would have stayed with the week last week where it was 50 degrees,” said Jeffrey Zurfluh, who had to dig his car out of the snow.

A victim of the Sunday snow, so far, a few fresh inches are getting the best of him.

“Whatever. That’s life. I got the day off, thank God, so I don’t have to worry about anything,” said Zurfluh.

He’s not alone. From Minneapolis to Bloomington, drivers are once again are reminded that winter is far from over.

“Here in Bloomington they are usually really good about clearing out side streets. I think better than Richfield, Minneapolis, Minneapolis for sure,” said Bruce Sandahl of Bloomington.

Cities all around the metro had to call yet another snow emergency this season. Minneapolis even broke a record that’s been around for 20 years.

“This is our eighth snow emergency, which in the last 20 years has broken the record by two. Previously the record was six,” said Mike Kennedy of Minneapolis Public Works.

Plow drivers are working 12-hour shifts, around the clock, to clear 1,000 miles of residential streets in Minneapolis.

“Luckily, it melted, that snow. Otherwise we would have no place to put none of this stuff,” said Bruce Butterfield, a private plow driver. 

But the plowing is leaving drivers with yet another challenge — before they can drive, people who park on the streets have to dig their vehicles out.

Winter parking restrictions remain in effect in Minneapolis until April, once the snow emergency ends.

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