One of the Twin Cities is getting new snow plows and new leadership after last week’s snowstorm. Five days since the snow started falling, streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul are still caked in slippery ice. Extremely cold temperatures haven’t helped. Salt can melt five times as much ice at 30 degrees as at 20 degrees. However, when it’s colder than that, it’s pretty much useless. But St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman isn’t waiting for a warm-up. He’s making changes in his public works department.
You’ll want to give yourself some extra time on your way into work Monday morning. The plows haven’t been able to clear all the snow that fell Sunday. And the biggest reason for the delays? A coating of ice beneath that new layer of snow.
Some Minnesotans say “bring on the winter.” They want the snow, the sports and the ice. But others say “It’s not even Christmas. Can’t this all wait?” Bryn Mawr-resident John Padgett is definitely a Christmas guy. The lights go up early in his yard display, a 15-year tradition. “I usually start the first week of November to be done by Thanksgiving,” Padgett said. “And they’ll probably be up until I can get them unfrozen from the ground.”
Among our weapons to fight winter is an ingredient that’s also on our kitchen table. Salt gets rid of the slick spots on our driveways and sidewalks. But how does salt melt ice? Good Question.
As Minnesota’s lakes start to freeze, safety officials are warning outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious when venturing out onto any lake that’s covered or partially covered with ice, especially those with aeration systems.
An ice fisherman is in critical condition after falling through thin ice.
The Minnesota Wild has a brand new Zamboni – it’s first new ice resurfacer in 14 years. It’ll be a few weeks before the 8,620 pound machine is in “game shape,” but that had us wondering: how do Zambonis work?
You may not even want to think about it, but winter is right around the corner. WCCO-TV meteorologist Chris Shaffer says we could see our first frost by this weekend.
Many of you ended up with dents in your cars and roofs from all of the hail that came down last night. Reports ranged from hail the size of a pea to the size of a tennis ball.
As cold as this spring was, and as chilly as this Thursday feels, it would probably surprise few to learn that a WCCO photojournalist captured what appeared to be a chunk of ice floating down the Mississippi River in June.
Residents around Lake Mille Lacs saw the ice from the lake encroach on their property in a very ominous manner
Strong, northwesterly winds have pushed the ice from Lake Mille Lacs on to land, damaging several homes in the process. The southeastern shoreline of Mille Lacs has been hit the hardest, with locals referring to it as an “ice tsunami.”
With the fishing opener approaching Saturday, the conditions of boat launches across the state are a mixed bag.
In their first search since the ice thawed, authorities sent a single boat out on Keller Lake Tuesday to search for the body of a missing woman.
Here’s a sign of hope for Minnesotans tired of winter. All trails in Voyageurs National Park in far northern Minnesota have closed for the season because of warm weather.