It’s a sign of the season! Christmas lights and displays unloaded to get ready for this year’s seventh annual holiday lights in the park.
A wallop of winter weather continues to make travel difficult on some Minnesota highways and byways, but air traffic seems to be running more smoothly at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Public schools in both Minneapolis and St. Paul have canceled after-school activities in anticipation of further snow. The snow began falling in Minnesota at around 3 a.m.
Minnesotans are preparing for Old Man Winter as the season’s first major storm threatens to dump more than a foot of snow Monday on a swath of the state, including the metro.
From side streets to major highways, it was slow going throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota no matter where you were headed on Friday. Many drivers struggled even getting onto the roads as they had to dig their cars out of the snow that fell overnight.
Just after Minnesotans enjoyed the warmest temperatures they’ve felt all year, a snowstorm is expected to dump up to 10 inches of snow Thursday in some counties, making travel hazardous for the afternoon commute and evening hours.
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.”
The unrelenting storm has spread about 2 feet of snow in northeastern Minnesota continued for a third day Wednesday. The heavy snow and ice has contributed to hundreds of traffic accidents around Minnesota and was cited by authorities in at least five fatal crashes since Monday.
Every winter, Minnesotans accidently find themselves stuck in the snow — sometimes for hours, but even for days. It happened to one Wisconsin couple vacationing in Wyoming last week. They were rescued after six days trapped in their car that was stuck in the snow. A rancher found them yesterday morning and took them to safety.
A Duluth company has created a new line of handbags and duffel bags, utilizing the roof of the Metrodome which collapsed almost three years ago. Duluth Pack, makers of back packs and outdoor gear, says the bags are part of the “Domer” line, which incorporates fabric from the Metrodome roof that failed on Dec. 12, 2010 after a severe snow storm.
Crews are working to repair electrical lines brought down by the heavy, wet snow that fell across parts of northern Iowa, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Spring snow fall has triggered partial activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).
The New York Knicks are stuck in Minnesota thanks to the massive snow storm that is pelting the New York-to-Boston corridor.
Area streets have improved the day after the big snow storm, but they’ve also become snow packed and ice covered.