Snowstorm of the Century? Not quite…

Snow mound outside my houseFolks like Dan Barreiro on KFAN AM 1130 have been outspoken about their distaste for the over hyping of the weather in this state by various meteorologists on the local news stations. Paul Douglas has been a frequent target of his scorn, even earning Mr. Douglas the moniker “goof on the roof” (makes fun of his doing the weather on the roof of WCCO in downtown Minneapolis).

This weekend was clearly no exception to this hype, and for a time early Saturday morning I thought maybe that’s all it would be (they called for 3-6 inches on Friday night/Saturday morning and we got little more than a dusting). The snow did eventually pick up, but it came over a long enough period of time that it seemed mostly manageable to drive out, even if a bit slow.

I don’t think I would have wanted to be out too much last night at the peak of the blizzard conditions, but the total snowfall wasn’t anywhere near what the snowpocalyptic weatherguys were making us think it was going to be.

One thing I always notice with these kinds of storms – it doesn’t stop that many people from going out and doing things. I grew up on the east coast, and later in the Chicago area and in both places a snowstorm of this magnitude would have shut down just about everything.

Minnesotans go out and brave it. We have the best snow removal force of the places I’ve lived, and people are not afraid to get out there and get stuff done. My wife and I went out to run some errands today and the roads were mostly cleared, if not a bit slow.

A few more weeks and we’ll be looking at spring, putting all of this snow behind us.

7 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

    The bigger problem for me was not the initial snowfall, but getting plowed in where I was parked on the street. I spent 45 minutes kicking the snow out from around my car. I decided I didn’t also need to go to the gym after that.

    I’m surprised by the number of people still parked on the snow emergency routes around me. They’re going to have a tough time getting out and an even worse time finding another parking spot. I got lucky and got a spot 1.5 blocks away, but that was after 15 minutes of circling and getting stuck about 3 or 4 times.

    I would think that in a city like Chicago where a lot of people take the train that it wouldn’t be such a big deal.

  2. Erica (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

    Oh, and when I heard Sven say that only once in recorded history have we gotten more than 12″ at a time (maybe that was only in February…), I said fuck it.

    So what we’ve got now is exactly what I predicted: Enough to be really fucking annoying, but not enough to get me out of work tomorrow.

  3. Wendy (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

    I didn’t let it stop me from going anywhere until this morning. My brunch plans got canceled, so I was going to go run errands, but I couldn’t even get out of my parking lot. They’ve plowed since then, so yeah, I think it’s not going to be enough to get me out of work either, dammit.

  4. Laura (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

    My neighbors and I had to shovel out of our spots and do a bit of push a pull with on car that had older tires on it.

    The plow went through around 10am and dumped the majority of it on my side of the street.

    Hopefully it’ll be easier to get out tomorrow now that I’ve shoveled myself out a spot.

    I saw a bus stuck turning the corner at 31st and Lyndale. S. Mpls is a mess!

  5. Erica (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

    I should maybe invest in a shovel. I’m sure the prices are jacked up now and they’re all sold out anyway. Watch, I’ll buy one in a week and then it won’t snow again for the rest of the year.

    Better, I guess, to spend the money on a shovel and not use it than on a snowblower and not use it.

  6. Greg (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    Church this morning was 1/2 full. I think it had more to do with “weatherman hyping” than actual snowfall. Damn you, Sven.

  7. Ang (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    With the help of a kind homeless man and his shovel, I got my car out pretty quick, but then ended up going around the block (read: 10 block radius) to find a non-snow emergency route. I eventually ended up about 12 blocks from my apartment, and it was still a snow emergency route, but it had been plowed.

    Later, I went back to my car to see if I could move it closer, and to be safe get it on a non-snow emergency street, and I ran into my apartment manager who offered me his personal driveway for the night. Score.

    I’m just thankful I won’t get towed this winter like I did last year. I’ve upped my efforts of finding a different place to live.

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