Winter drops in to snarl Minnesota traffic, delight skiers, snowmobilers

  • Article by: MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2012 - 11:13 PM

Two deaths were attributed to storm, which led to hundreds of crashes and towed cars and quite a few happy outdoor enthusiasts.

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mgalaforetDec. 10, 12 8:03 AM

What olows left behind? What plows? I have shoveled 5 times in the past 24 hours, not a sign of one in my neighborhood. When I was out driving yesterday, and on the way to work today, no sign of one either.

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holstjDec. 10, 12 8:15 AM

"Predictably enough, vehicle owners in Minneapolis and St. Paul are waking up to find their vehicles towed to impound lots for violating parking restrictions imposed starting Sunday night by city snow emergency declarations." Yep, nobody saw this coming... who would've thunk they'd call a snow emergency?

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sooline78Dec. 10, 12 9:34 AM

What I think is funny is how ALL the TV weather people are not even mentioning how badly they blew the forecast of the snowfall total. The general prediction was for about 7 inches in the Metro, and it ended up being more like 12-13" across the area with upwards of 16"+ in the north Metro. Way to go gang!!!

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staredDec. 10, 12 9:57 AM

By 08;30 this AM West 50th St in Mpls had NOT been plowed curb to curb as scheduled : it's a major artery street in Mpls. Once again for the first snowfall Mpls doesn't even try to do curb to curb; the streets get more narrow and Mpls give the same standard excuses as to why the city cannot do its job for the taxpayers.

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jeddDec. 10, 1210:24 AM

Television Weather people never acknowledge that that their "Predictions" were inaccurate, even though they are a good percentage of the time. They predict with absolute confidence and authority when in reality it is just an educated guess

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drichmnDec. 10, 1210:24 AM

" What plows? I have shoveled 5 times in the past 24 hours, not a sign of one in my neighborhood." .... that's what you get when you want a smaller government.

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commonsens4uDec. 10, 1210:48 AM

5-8". That's what the TV meteorologists told us to expect. 12"-16" is what the metro got. Why don't they just do away with any sort of prediction of inches and just go with either "a dusting of snow", "measurable snowfall" or "significant snowfall"?

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commonsens4uDec. 10, 1210:51 AM

mgalaforet - I live on a decent artery road and we saw plows going by every half hour all day long Sunday. Side streets got plowed out late Sunday morning and then again overnight so they were easily passable the entire time. Also of note, coming home Sat. night around 10 pm, we saw the trucks already out salting the freeway ramps, hours before any snow started falling. I think MNDOT did as good of a job as can be expected for 12"+. The entire metro is slow-going, but navigable the very next day. That's pretty good.

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commonsens4uDec. 10, 1210:54 AM

Seems like people who live in Minneapolis proper are not satisfied with their plowing. Instead of paying for a green roof on the Target Center, Target Field and a new Vikings Stadium, maybe Minneapolis should reallocate some tax dollars to basic services, or else raise property taxes for Minneapolis residents.

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unphasedDec. 10, 1211:06 AM

@jedd: "They predict with absolute confidence and authority when in reality it is just an educated guess." Yes, they make educated guesses. They do the best they can with the data they have, and sometimes their predictions aren't perfect. Guess what? Predicting what the atmosphere of a planet is going to do isn't easy. They aren't oracles with perfect vision of the future, and I don't think they should be made to apologize everytime their best predictions are off. In this case, we were warned ahead of time that a snow storm was coming, and unfortunately they were off on how bad it would be. However, we knew something ugly was on its way, and had a little forewarning so we could alter our plans, do our shopping ahead of time, etc. For people to act indignant and ungrateful at the scientists who do their best to warn us of these things is sad. I'm a computer scientist, and weather prediction is one of the hardest problems to model, requiring some of the most powerful supercomputers. Read up about forecast models and numerical weather prediction.

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