When the snow is piled so high that your neighborhood is almost unrecognizable, why not grab your friends and pile on. While the kids built snow forts and had snowball fights in one Champlin neighborhood, the adults worked by clearing sidewalks and driveways. Katie Matzke says the milder temperatures make this storm much easier to endure. “Today is just great. The kids can get out and have so much fun in the snow, and get some of their wiggles out, whereas before when it was so cold they couldn’t even go outside,” Matzke said. “I mean, it was just plain too dangerous.
Four score and seven inches ago … (Get it? Because it’s President’s Day? Just go with it.) Yes, another round of intense snowfall is currently falling with parts of the state anticipating up to seven inches of fresh new fluff.
Attention, early morning commuters: A fast-moving storm system is set to impact the Twin Cities area overnight into midday Monday. That’ll make for a messy morning commute.
A fresh round of snow made for a tough Saturday afternoon on roads in the Twin Cities metro area. At Interstate 35 and 210th Street in Lakeville, there was a crash scene involving nearly a dozen vehicles. Several of them also slid into the median.
An igloo village in Finlad is open to visitors. If you’re looking to vacation in the snow, head to this arctic resort Kakslauttanen.
There’s a law you may not know about that you could be breaking this winter. In Minnesota, drivers are required to clear their car windows of snow before driving. Scraping may seem pretty standard, but a lot of people aren’t doing it. Officers say that’s caused a string of accidents.
The Department of Public Safety is urging Minnesota residents who have homes heated with natural gas to clear their meters of ice and snow.
It is expected to take several days to clean up the mess caused by a leaking Canadian Pacific oil tanker train. The train left a 65-mile long oil spill from Red Wing to Winona on Monday morning before the leak was finally detected and stopped.
It keeps piling up, and with these cold temperatures, the snow isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In the City of Plymouth, it’s causing safety concerns for drivers.
The City of St. Louis Park is making a request to residents to limit their on-street parking from now until the end of winter. The city said that the amount of snow currently on the ground makes it difficult for firefighters, police officers, and drivers of buses and plows to navigate through the streets if people are also parked there.
All the snow that’s fallen this winter is causing problems for emergency vehicles in Minneapolis. With all the snow and ice buildup along curbs, some streets are getting too narrow for fire trucks, ambulances, and buses.
The St. Paul Winter Carnival is wrapping up this weekend, but just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the “boys of summer” can’t be part of it. At least, that’s what the St. Paul Saints were thinking. “Who in the heck in Minnesota is going to play baseball Feb. 1?” asked former Saints player and major leaguer Kevin Millar. Well, that’d be these guys. “I feel like I’m in Lambeau Field,” Millar said. “They had snowblowers in the stands.”
Don from St. Anthony has four foot snow drifts on his roof, so he asked: Can too much snow cause a roof to collapse?
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.”
This January, several Minnesota schools closed schools five times due to extreme wind chills. The average temperature has hovered around 10 degrees and it has snowed 22.6 inches. But how that does compared with Januaries past?