Winter's siege continues with road closures, outages

  • Article by: MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2014 - 7:14 AM

 After digging out from one of the biggest snowfalls this season, Minnesotans are waking up to delayed school starts, canceled airline flights, slick roads and a nasty morning commute.

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johnbaranickFeb. 21, 14 4:51 AM

"At 4 a.m. Friday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation classified metro area highways as hazardous, which means no travel is advised." Yet schools will just be running 2 hours late.

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norselandcFeb. 21, 14 6:19 AM

I can see why school buses cannot traverse the streets. Last evening, a Metro Mobility vehicle was stuck on Columbia Parkway for nearly 2 hours. There was disabled passenger on board and there was a giant tow truck, a plow on a pick up truck and a giant front end loader working on the situation and they simply could not get up the hill. They ended up winching the MM vehicle up the hill about 50 yards at a time. Multiply that incident times dozens of school buses and you have mess.

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bh1963Feb. 21, 14 7:45 AM

"Ice Road Truckers". That's what the road conditions are like today. I was on I-94 in St Paul, you can't see the lanes and it's all icy. The Lafayette Bridge is scary, someone could spin out on that and fly right over the edge, it's so icy. I felt like I was floating over that bridge. Take 'er easy out there! Also, glad to be at work and not at home listening to my kids complain about yet another day school is closed.

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gailycFeb. 21, 14 8:27 AM

I made it to Plymouth from NE Minneapolis with no problems. Just took my time, never hit speeds higher than 25 MPH. Fortunately, my fellow travelers did the same so we all got to where we needed to go. Hopefully the commute home will be as uneventful!

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chovindFeb. 21, 1410:35 AM

If you have to drive in this stuff than please give yourself plenty of room and take it slow. The plowed roads are ice covered and full of washboards and add the wind to the equation and it's downright dangerous even for us hardy Minnesotan's.

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