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Answer: A Mess

December 13, 2010

Question: What are downtown Minneapolis streets after 17” of snow in 17 hours?

Answer: A Mess.

There’s snow everywhere in downtown Minneapolis this morning. Streets which are usually two to three lanes wide are reduced down to one lane, and forget about parking curbside at a meter and say your prayers before you stop off a curb to cross the street. If I sound like I’m complaining, I’m not. I’m just amazed at the enormous amounts of snow on the streets. Right now the city has crews working on all the downtown streets plowing snow and hauling snow away and by tomorrow, or Wednesday, the streets will be in excellent condition. A little narrower, but in excellent driving condition. Just in time for a few more inches of snow on Thursday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has done an amazing job on the city’s highways and freeways. Those roads were cleared to their full width and were like they never saw any snow, let alone 17” of snow. I hope when the newly elected Republican majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate convenes in three weeks and begin looking for budgets to cut to offset the lack of revenue they remember how necessary Mn/DOT is for public safety.

If you hadn’t heard about the Metrodome’s roof collapsing, here’s the video from Fox Sports. Pretty amazing footage. Thankfully the place was empty at the time and not filled with 60,000 fans who don’t recognize that baseball is the greatest game in the world.


Now you know what they say about snow flakes. How there ain’t no two the same. Well, all them flakes look alike to me, every one is a dirty shame. – Jesse Winchester.

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  1. December 14, 2010 1:11 am

    That’s craziness! I can’t believe you all still get out and about in 17″ of snow. Wow. Stay safe!


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