Snow emergencies in metro

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE and TOM FORD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 26, 2007 - 6:18 AM

Bob Johnson of Brooklyn Park cleared his driveway Sunday morning after Saturday's heavy snowfall.

Beware of where you park. Snow emergencies started Sunday night in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Many suburbs and outstate cities declared snow emergencies, too.

Few of us will get a snow day today. Freeways -- as well as entrance and exit ramps -- should be clear by this morning's rush hour, state transportation officials said.

Side streets might be a different story.

Metro-area classes will be in session today, but some outstate schools will be closed or start late. Check with your district.

It's the perfect snow for building snowpeople. Or sledding. Or skiing. Or even bicycling, as some brave souls did Sunday.

As for bragging rights, Winona wins with 29.5 inches. The Twin Cities area saw anywhere from 8.5 to 15 inches.

And, hey, even if you don't have sidewalks, shovel a path for your letter carrier. It's the Minnesota Nice thing to do.

As people across Minnesota began digging out Sunday from the heaviest February snowfall in modern-day history, a question emerged: How long will it stick around?

"We're not forecasting any major warmups," National Weather Service forecaster Jim Richardson said Sunday.

There might be some settling, but the snow blanket is likely to remain at least until early to mid-March, Richardson said.

What's more, there's more on the way. The Weather Service is predicting another storm system will arrive in Minnesota by Wednesday and drop a mix of precipitation into Thursday.

It's too early to guess what areas will bear the brunt of that system, Richardson said, though it's likely that northern Minnesota will get some snow.

Snow totals Saturday into Sunday ranged from 5.3 inches in International Falls to 29.5 inches in Winona, and everything in between.

Crews, car owners begin cleanup

As of midafternoon Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation had deemed metro-area freeways to be in fair to good driving condition, with scattered slippery spots, such as entrance and exit ramps, said Beth Petrowske, public affairs coordinator.

But, she added, "we are going to be ready for [this morning] rush hour." Crews planned to work through the night to treat roads and to clean up ramps, bridges and shoulders.

Minneapolis and St. Paul started their snow emergencies Sunday night, as did many suburbs and outstate cities.

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