The alternating pattern of extreme cold and fresh doses of snow that’s held through much of January landed on snow during the worst possible time — the morning commute. Twin Cities drivers found themselves at the mercy of the white stuff Thursday morning.
Despite the snow and heavy traffic Thursday morning, Frank and Chris crossed the St. Croix River and trucked to Dresser, Wis.
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.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reopening some major roadways closed earlier because of blowing and drifting snow. Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea reopened Monday morning after snowplows cleared the lanes and winds subsided.
Blowing snow and icy roads are causing hazardous travel conditions in Minnesota as another cold snap moves in. Temperatures will dip into the negative teens and 20s overnight and into Monday, prompting officials to warn state residents to stay inside.
Thirty mushers and 420 dogs are hitting Minnesota trails in a rebooted John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon that offers new features to make it easier for fans to follow along. Sunday’s Beargrease is the longest dog sled race in the Lower 48 states and is a qualifier for Alaska’s famed Iditarod.
As our rough winter continues, drivers throughout the Twin Cities are being put to the test both with their patience and safety as they hit the roads for the morning commute. Overnight snow coupled with windy and cold conditions made for another slick start on the roads.
A blizzard that swept through parts of the Dakotas on Thursday made travel treacherous and prompted the shutdown of roads, public schools and even universities. The National Weather Service posted blizzard warnings in eastern North Dakota and eastern South Dakota, as well as in parts of Minnesota.
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.
A winter storm dumped up to 11 inches of snow in parts of Wisconsin on Tuesday, with wind-whipped snow contributing to a massive pileup involving about 20 vehicles in the central part of the state. One person was hurt, authorities said, but no one died.
The football field at TCF Bank Stadium has been transformed into an ice rink for a 10-day festival known as the Hockey City Classic. The big event is slated for Friday, when the Gophers women and men’s hockey teams play a double header. That means thousands of people will be coming and going at the outdoor stadium, and the snow has got to go.
The WCCO Weather Watcher was green, and then the ground was white, but the traffic maps were awash in red Tuesday morning as Twin Cities commuters inched their way to work. And both Minneapolis and St. Paul declared a snow emergency going into effect on Tuesday.
While the polar vortex brings a gut-punch of cold, it also brings with it something far less obvious: black ice. While seeing snow often cues drivers to slow down, what likely isn’t seen in extreme cold is ice, which can even form from condensation caused by car exhaust.
Snow-covered, icy streets can get the best of even the heartiest Minnesotan. Almost all of us have stumbled or had a hard time trudging through fresh snowfall. But winter weather poses an especially difficult challenge for people who use wheelchairs. The snow makes it difficult to maneuver and steer, and it can be so limiting that many people lower their activity level, dramatically.
Authorities in Chippewa Falls say heavy snow fell onto the roof of a shed where two young children were playing, crushing them both. Ten-year-old Nelson Nolt and 7-year-old Norma Nolt were hospitalized yesterday in serious condition.