Minnesota’s Department of Transportation is hoping the warmer weather over the next couple of weeks marks the end of winter weather. This winter is a big contrast to last year’s unusually harsh winter that forced MnDOT to blow past its budget by tens of millions of dollars.
Two words we learned last year that we hope we don’t hear again anytime soon: Polar Vortex. Last winter set new records for Minnesota cold, and now we’ve learned it also set a new record for how much money was spent on snow and ice removal.
So far it’s been the tale of two winters in much of the state. We are more than a foot below where we normally are for snowfall total right now. Last year it was a different story. By the end of winter, we were above average for snowfall totals
It’s been a rough winter to get around for everyone, but it can be especially tough for people with disabilities. The Minnesota State Council on Disability reminded people Friday about the importance of clearing out sidewalks, curbs and transit stops. Council member Colleen Casey says people with disabilities, like herself, need a clear path to be able get to work, school or the grocery store.
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.”
A storm expected to dump three to six inches in the Twin Cities metro and heavier snow in northern suburbs is good news for a business that is almost entirely dependent on weather.
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Snow removal hasn’t been a big problem these days, a fact not lost on Lorene Hanson. She’s the president of Track in Bloomington, which specializes in the sales of Snowcats, snowmobile and ski run groomers.
It’s been such a mild winter, plows that are usually mounted on city salt and sand trucks are sitting idle, lined up in a row inside a city garage.
The lack of snow may be costing some businesses a lot of money, but it is having the opposite effect for many cities.
Road salt is a major tool for removing snow from roads, but it’s also a threat to lakes.
If you think you have been busy shoveling or snowblowing your driveway and steps, think about those people whose jobs it is to clear away snow.
After another round of snow hits the Twin Cities, many people are wondering where they’re putting it all.
Roads in Minnesota virtually shut down because of the snow. Plows were out most of the day, but just could not keep up. Once you hit the side streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul, things were even worse.