Minn. Braces For Leap Year Day Snowstorm

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Beware the ides of just-before-March. A snow storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow on parts of northern Minnesota could be just a taste of what’s ahead this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the eastern portion of Minnesota. There are also blizzard and storm watches along the western portion of the state. The watches include the northern part of the Twin Cities, Brainerd, St. Cloud and Eau Claire, Wis.

In the southern portion of the state, rain-snow mix could play a big role in determining how much snow will fall, says Chief Meteorologist Chris Shaffer.

Shaffer said north of the Twin Cities will have the best chance for receiving more than a foot of snow, with possible near-whiteout conditions and significant travel problems.

Closer to the Twin Cities, Shaffer said we’ll see more like 3 to 6 inches of snow.

The snow will be heavier to the north, with the southern part of the state seeing primarily rain and sleet.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, totals from Sunday’s storm include 6 to 10 inches in northern Lake and Cook counties and 4 to 8 inches in northern and central St. Louis County.

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  • Mimi

    Sounds to me like you are already at your place of employment and won’t need to drive anywhere soon.We should feel bad because your drive is a half mile long lol…should have thought of that before you built your home so far off the road. This is a Twin Cities television station. Don’t you have your own stations out in the boonies?

    • LuAnn


      I need to clarify for you why farmers need lines in a snow storm.

      I take it you live in the Cities. In a snowstorm or blizzard, would you say it’s possible to walk around your block, with only moderate difficulty? I think the answer would be yes. Correct me if I’m wrong.

      Now, put yourself in a different senario. You live in the country, and you are a farmer. The barn you need to get to is at least 150 ft. from the house. You have a line running to it and it’s time to do chores. It’s dark, the wind is
      whipping 50 miles per hour. There are sizeable drifts . Sometimes the line
      is buried by the snow. You have to hang on tightly to the rope, because if you let go, you become disoriented very quickly, and you honestly don’t know where you are. A flashlight does little if any good. Are you still with me?By the time you get to the barn you are totally exhausted, yet you keep going because your animals are hungry and they need to be taken care of promptly.
      Forty-five minutes to an hour has passed since you started out from the house.

      How do you think my mother felt when my dad didn’t come back into the house when he tended to that cow during the 75 blizzard? After 2 hours she was pacing and crying, because we really didn’t know where dad was. We couldn’t even see the barn lights the darkness was so thick.. We honestly didn’t know if he was ok or not. Cell phones did not exist. You cannot imagine the relief my mom felt when my dad walked in the door 10 hours later.

      Even with today’s technology, and farmers use alot of it now, this kind of situation has not changed much. Today, if the elements are against a farmer, you really are in the same situation as back then. There will still be
      drifts, there will still be wind, and the inability to see 150 feet into the distance. Technology, for all its wonders does not change that.

      Please, be grateful if all you have to do is walk to your car in an attached garage and take off for work. I have lived in the Cities too and know its no picnic there either. The interstates are bad and it’s hard not to tailgate, and avoid a fender bender involving more than one car. And of the two senarios,
      I’ll take living in town, any day.

      • js

        Forty-five minutes to an hour to walk 150 feet???? Was it uphill both ways walking to school too?

        • mike

          Unless you have experienced a blizzard on the praire you wouldn’t know what Luann was writing about. I’ve been there and she knows what she is writing about. I remember the blizzard of 75 and I was stuck in town at my citified job with my wife and 4 year old stuck in the house about 50 yards from my parents house and she and my son started for the other house. She became disoriented and was lucky that she finally was able to see the windows in the other house.

  • The Cripple

    I live in west central MN, so I would like the weather person to move over so i can see my part of the state, yes we live in the boonies bur we watch WCCO for our weather up-dates. thank you.

    • Callie's Mom

      Thank you! We are always forgot about out here!

    • thanks

      yeah i’m from n.w. Wisconny and they always gotta stand right in the view of my county….arghh


    Mimi and Ben Dover
    These are the people that work there a**es off so you can drive on plowed road to cub food’s to feed yourselves.Move to California and disappear with all the other libs.

    • tan pup

      And we pay for thier farm subsidies with our taxes. Not to mention pay hadsomely for the food they produce. Do not think or a minute the rest of us don’t work.hard. I’ve lived on both worlds and I truely believe it’s equal depending on what your overall goals may be.

  • tan pup

    I have a news flash for you; about 2 million people care. Did it EVER occur to you that the majority of people who live in MN live in the mentro and we have to commute to our jobs. Have you considered the 75,000 kids that are waiting in the snow for the bus to pick them up because they hardley EVER cancel school. Your kids get a day off. Oh, and there are those who do live on farms that live just east, north and south of the metro as well. I really feel bad about the $75 to cear your driveway, it costs most of us time and taxes to have the entire freeway system cleared. So in other words – shut the H___ UP!

  • out stater too


    Check here for updates for out state central mn weather. Usually pretty decent for updates on snow. It is a blog ran by a former co-worker of mine’s son who is in meteorology school.

  • Paula

    My comment is all of the 4 major media outlets are all forecasting different amounts. So as a fan of weather, I think it is a safe bet to say, they really don’t know if and how much snow we will get. As for being prepared, I am always prepared for any situation that might make me home bound for a few days!!

    • thanks

      YES a good snow shovel is ALL one needs…that goof with the post above 75 $ to get his half mile drive cleared…lol…we shoveled that when we were kids

      • Where Ever

        And where’s his tractor,eh?

  • Tammy Belka

    you made your bed, pal… how does the rest of that expression go?

  • you r all morons

    Its just snow people. Shut up

  • Bill

    “Leap Year Snowstorm”???

    Leap Year runs from last January 1 until the end of December. Can we get a little bit more specific on when this storm will hit?

    If they’re trying to say that the storm will hit Wednesday–that’s Leap DAY, not Leap YEAR.

    • Bill

      p.s. The e-mail WCCO sent out was even worse–“Leap Year Day”. What in the world is that? It’s either “Leap Year” or “Leap Day”–not both.

      • Bill

        p.p.s. And even worse than both of those is the text of this article, saying to “Beware the ides of just-before-March”. “Ides” is a term from Roman culture, meaning “mid-month”. It referred to the 15th day of March, May, July, and October; and the 13th day of every other month.

        So–“just-before-March” would seem to refer to February. And the “Ides” of February was February 13. If they’re trying to say that a storm will hit this area on February 13th, a) they’re a couple weeks out of date, and b) they’re completely wrong, there was no storm that day!

        • Your Small World

          Billy, I’ll bet you make your mama proud!

  • konjokris

    We live in Minnesota for chr$% sakes, it snows and it will snow a lot. Slap on your boots, hat, gloves and layer up. Be glad you have a place to live and $75.00 to have your half mile driveway plowed. Stop your beeaching.

  • LuAnn

    OK everybody, take a deep breath now.

    As someone who grew up on a farm and now lives in a twon of 13,000 , I know a few thiings you may not be aware of. So, I feel inclined to share what I know.

    First of all, please, ditch the political jabs. It serves no good purpose.

    Second, a line to a barn in a storm/blizzard is a must. It is just as foolish
    to walk without a line to a barn, as it is to drive somewhere in a blizzard. Why?
    Because you literally cannot see, especially in the dark. My father strung lines from our house to the barn all the time. As far as cleaning “who cares”driveway, alot of farmers do not own buckets ar blades that can be attached to a tractor or truck, because they cost hundreds of dollars. So in many eyes of those in
    the country , considering how often snowstorms/blizzards occur, it makes better sense to pay someone to do it. That is if they can even get to the farm in the first place.

    Farmers also string lines because they need to make sure their animals are not freezing to death, or are experiencing harm. My dad, when he walked to the barns, would stay sometimes during the entire night. I remember one time whenI was about 17, one of the cows we raised gave birth during the weekend of the 1975 superbowl blizzard. My dad stayed in the barn of course. My mom was freaked out: how could she know if dad was in the barn or somewhere along the line fallen down? She couldn’t , remember cell phone were not around then. And then we had my fathers mom to worry about, on the farm next to us. My grandma lived alone; we didn’t know how she was either.

    In the 1975 blizzard, we were without power, or heat, for 5 days. There wasn’t any watching of the Superbowl because there wasn’t any electricity. The only heat came from a wood stove heater in the kitchen. Needless to say, everyone slept on mattresses in the kitchen! The snowplows came through on day six. We were really glad to see them. We lived on a county line road and they were always the last to be plowed.

    Farmers farm because they love being their own boss, and they love the lifestyle over all. They realize there are tradeoffs. What farmer would’nt love it to have their street plowed in a little as a couple of hours? Please city dwellers, be very grateful that you can get to work the next morning because the plows were out evernight. Farmers don’t have that luxury. Unless you have lots of trees as windbreaks, the drifts can be enormous.

    My brother now farms the land I grew up on and the land that my grandparents had, which has been in our family for over 100 years. Two small farms about 160 acres total, about 120 acres plowable, 2 acres homestead, the rest is pasture. I envy him for being able to afford to live there. But in times of storms, I am VERY grateful I live in town. My nephew farms with him, and lives
    in a small town nearby. My parents, in their mid’80″s still live on the home place. In an age of cell phones it’s now easy to stay in touch in bad weather.
    But my parents still get very very nervous with storms like this one we are going to have. My mother always tells me to be grateful I’m in town. I actually talked with her this morning, to reassure her that I got a subst ittue for my work. I work nights I knew she’d be worried if I drove the 20 miles in bad weather. She knows only too well how bad things can get.

    I love living in town. The grocery store is convienent. Farmers- unless they always have onn had enough food for a week – are in a different boat. In town, the only thing I have to worry about is getting my driveway cleared. The city plows the street. The conveniences of living in town , espically in a storm, are numorous.

    So please, let up on the ridicule. Unless you have personally experienced it,
    you have no clue how bad it can get.

    • Brett


    • konjokris

      Okay, you’re right . . . my bad.

    • Lisa

      Thank You Luann:

      I agree with everything you had to say as I too have lived in both country and city.
      The only thing I disagree about was the person who stated the farmers get paid handsomely for the food they produce. Not true.

      • LuAnn


        I remember the 75 blizzard very well. The windchill was -80 degrees. The snow blew so hard that it felt like a swarm of bees stinging your face. Phone lines were down: back then, cables were not buried. So we couldn’t even call my grandma.

        Our septic system also froze; we couldn’t flush any toilets. The iar in the house was downright cold, except for in the kitchen. Try being cooped up with your 3 siblings and parents in one room for 5 days straight and see how long your sanity lasts!

        I don’t take it for granted that I have the luxury of living in town. I don’t have to drill a well for my own dringing water, or have a separate swere system. Those things cost thousands of dollars. My garbage is always picked up. That doesn’t happen in the country very much, although that is changing.

        I miss the fresh air, the smell of freshly cut alfalfa in the morning dew. I miss the walks in the pasture and the sighting of wildlife (except for the skunks!).
        I don’t miss the smell of pig manure. But I really do miss raising holstein calves into cows and showing them in 4-H.

        There are wonderful things about both lifestyles. But in a storm, I’ll take living in town hands down over the country.

  • Ray

    He was reporting on the WHOLE state moron. You chose to be there.

  • Marie

    my goodness all you people. When there is a snowstorm it causes problems for everyone ..city or farms and I have lived at both.
    Thought this was suppose to be a friendly state.

    • jackactionhero

      You thought wrong. Rarely in my travels across this country have I encountered more judgmental and snobby people than in Minnesota.

      • You are Judg"mental"

        That’s surprising as I would have thought the judgmental and snobby person was wherever you were.

  • Ben Kruchten

    I have lived in both worlds as well and the City is much easier to live in during a Snow storm. I’ll take tripling my drive time over being snowed in for several days.

  • llp

    Thanks LuAnn someone who finally can say something worthwhile reading. I have complained to WCCO that the comment sections are a wast of time and do nothig but bring out the stupidy in people

  • Ace

    Thank you all for not calling it “white stuff” and I am not posting comments too quickly. This is my first post today. Fix your site!

  • Ace

    Thank you all for not calling it white stuff

  • Murph

    Feel’s like their winning when their losing again! 2 inches tops ,more likely a trace! Put the ski’s away ma,were going swimming at Calhoun tommorrow!

  • mike

    So why didn’t you post my comments CCO. There wasn’t anything bad about them. Just a true story.

    • Grouch

      This comment section is like the forecaster — worthless. I’ll never come back here.

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