By John Lauritsen

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Over the weekend, there was no snow in southern Minnesota. The roads were clear, and so were the lawns.

But by Monday afternoon, winter had returned, if only for a little while — bringing close to a foot of snow to Mankato.

When Old Man Winter returns, just before spring arrives, you build a mini ski slope in an alleyway. At least that’s what Collin Johnston and his friends did.

“Loving it. Loving it, loving it, loving it,” Johnston said. “We’ve got a classic March snowstorm. We just want to ski, man.”

On the other side of town, Rebecca Fox just wants a snow blower that can handle this heavy, wet snow.

“I would guess a good 10 to 12 inches,” Fox said. “It’s beautiful, but it’s a lot of work.”

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The snow that stuck to the trees made for a scenic-but-slippery drive along the Minnesota River Valley. Up the road in St. Peter, snow blowers and shovels were getting a workout. Aaron Peterson was using the latter.

“I’m less than thrilled, but I might get to skip my workout today, so [laughs]! Got pretty much all of it all done here,” Peterson said. “Two days ago we had 60-degree weather, so to wake up to this this morning was less than pleasant, but hopefully it’s the last one.”

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LeRoy Padgett’s plans to take out his motorcycle are on hold, as he wrestles with this inconvenience.

“I think it’s pretty, but it’s a pain in the butt,” Padgett said.

A pain that promises to be temporary. The snow will begin melting on Tuesday, and it’s expected to be gone in just a few days.

The Minnesota State Patrol says there were 113 crashes on state roads Monday between 4 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., with 12 involving injuries. There were also 117 spinouts, and two semis jackknifed.

John Lauritsen