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Mpls. Public Works Dept. Braces For Spring Flooding

As we move towards spring, the upcoming melt poses a flooding risk where you wouldn’t expect it. Alleys and intersections in Minneapolis could be the trouble spots if there’s a rapid warm up. Fifty-seven inches of snow and ice cover most of the city’s 50,000 storm drains, leaving nowhere for the water to go.

03/08/2014

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Cities Running Low On Salt During Extra-Snowy Season

This winter hasn’t just been tough on our commutes and our psyche, it’s been rough on city budgets, too.

02/24/2014

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MSP, Mpls. City Crews Prep For Thursday’s Snow

Thursday’s snow storm will have a major impact on travelers, and it could have a long-lasting effect on anyone who parks on Minneapolis streets. Patrick Hogan, spokesperson for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, says they’ve got a full 24-hour staff on standby to plow. But fewer runways will be in use, and he expects small regional flights to be canceled first. “Based on the forecast, it’s pretty clear they are not going to be able to fly the full schedule, so they’ll start canceling flights later tonight,” Hogan said. “Normally, [there are ] between 60 and 90 flights an hour. Tomorrow, we’re expecting more like between 25 and 35 flights an hour.”

02/19/2014

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Where Does The Snow Go In Minneapolis?

Minneapolis is known as the City of Lakes, but lately it’s looked more like the city of snow. Lisa McCulloch says the snow piles are in the way of everyone’s day-to-day operations. “That’s all you see are snow piles. You trudge over them to keep walking on the sidewalks,” McCulloch said. “Driving, I’d feel like I can’t quite see around that corner or I’m not sure if somebody is coming.”

01/31/2014

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Good Question: How Did So Little Snow In Ga. Cause Such A Big Mess?

After two inches of snow fell in parts of Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana on Tuesday, traffic in some places came to a standstill for 24 hours. Thousands of children had to spend the night at school and rescue crews brought food and water to stranded drivers.

01/29/2014

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Following Snow Emergencies, Cars End Up Impounded

On Wednesday morning, crews across the Twin Cities were working hard to clear all the snow from the streets after many of them declared snow emergencies. As always, that meant drivers needed to be extra cautious of where they parked, or end up getting towed.

01/15/2014

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The Costs Of Frequent Snow Emergencies

Starting Tuesday night, snow emergencies started in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. WCCO-TV chief meteorologist Chris Shaffer says we’re nearly six inches below average for snow this season, but the snow we are getting has come in bursts.

01/14/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Extreme Cold Edition

Ila from Bemidji wanted the answer to a Good Question we get all the time: How do they keep from water in a water tower from freezing?

01/03/2014

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Snow Emergency Season Over In Minneapolis

Yes, it feels like winter today. But if you need more proof that spring is coming, consider this — April 1 is the last day for declaring snow emergencies in Minneapolis.

04/01/2013

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City Workers, Residents Prep For Next Freeze

This time of year warm temperatures are welcome.

01/29/2013

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Good Question: How Do Cities Decide Which Roads Get Plowed First?

With 900 miles of streets, it takes a good three days for about 70 Minneapolis plows to get the city curb-to-curb clean.

12/10/2012

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Mild Winter Leaves Metro Roads With Fewer Potholes

If the 70 degree temperatures we’ll experience later this week aren’t enough, there’s another big reason to cheer our warm weather: It’s already helped a lot when it comes to potholes.

03/12/2012

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Coming Storm Threatens Low Snow Emergency Streak

Snow in the forecast could break our zero snow emergency streak.

02/27/2012

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Hwy 55 Closed Tuesday AM Due To Bridge Cable Snap

Highway 55 will be closed to motorists between East 26th Street and Lake Street Tuesday morning while crews work to repair the pedestrian bridge above it that sustained a cable snap, the Department of Transportation said.

02/20/2012

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City Of Minneapolis: Parkers Please Comply

Drivers are still flooding impound lots to pick up their cars after Minneapolis and St. Paul both declared snow emergencies this past weekend.

12/27/2010

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