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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   You know a storm is bad when Minnesota has to pull its snowplows off the roads. Enjoy your Monday off folks   (startribune.com) divider line 85
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2012-12-10 10:37:25 AM
We shoveled our sidewalk six times yesterday and woke up to more snow. I say this not to whine, but to keep idiots from moving here and then driving 10 miles on the plowed interstate taking up two lanes while I am trying to get to work. Yeah, it's bad, but if you can't handle it, stay home.
 
2012-12-10 11:20:10 AM
Haha, day off work. That's precious. Profits trump safety, subby, and paid days off are not profitable.
 
2012-12-10 12:07:52 PM
I remember the last time that happened.

I got stuck at work.

Good times. Good times.
 
2012-12-10 12:29:07 PM

Elandriel: Haha, day off work. That's precious. Profits trump safety, subby, and paid days off are not profitable.


This, unfortunately. In Rochester, still at work.

Also drove 10mph to work, albeit not on the freeway. Sometimes, driving 10mph and taking up two lanes IS the right way to drive. They plowed but didn't salt, which made things worse.
 
2012-12-10 12:30:29 PM
I consider myself very lucky. Had planned to make a trip to the Twin Cities Fri-Sun. Would not have been scheduled to leave MSP until late Sunday and would probably be stuck there.
 
2012-12-10 12:31:35 PM

stpauler: We shoveled our sidewalk six times yesterday and woke up to more snow.


You must have OCD or something. I've shoveled twice in one day when I knew the snow would accumulate badly but six times is just crazy. Talk to your doc about getting your meds adjusted. ;)
 
2012-12-10 12:31:57 PM
City streets plowed curb to curb in West St Paul, snowmobiles needed in St Paul and Minneapolis where they needed the resources directed to drumming circles and art appreciation festivals.
 
2012-12-10 12:33:15 PM
Plows were only pulled off out in the rural areas. Everything was plowed pretty well in the Twin Cities area, but it still took about 30 minutes longer than usual to get to work. Everyone around here's driven through bigger storms with worse timing so it's hard to complain too much.
 
2012-12-10 12:33:46 PM
At work today, although about 1/3 of my students aren't here.

Luckily I can walk to work, but had to put on the military-issue winter combat boots with built-in gaiters to get here this morning.

Like saintpauler said, the snow is good for keeping the riffraff out. That's right - the weather is unfathomably awful here, and there's nothing at all to do in these epically boring Twin Cities. I advise all of you outside this flyover country to remain in those awesome places you already live. It's a hardscrabble, unsatisfying life on the northern prairies. We got this for you.
 
2012-12-10 12:33:53 PM

Elandriel: Haha, day off work. That's precious. Profits trump safety, subby, and paid days off are not profitable.


Yep, this. I work from home though, so I'm thankful not to have to drive on the sheets of ice we like to call roads. *snert* Monday off... good one.
 
2012-12-10 12:34:23 PM
meh.
 
2012-12-10 12:34:54 PM
Snowplow out of gas. Had to shovel for 2+ hours. You_really_like_me out of gas.
 
2012-12-10 12:35:01 PM
At this very moment, I am at work in downtown Minneapolis. Honestly not that big a deal. I left 30 minutes early and got here on time.
 
2012-12-10 12:35:53 PM

lemurs: Plows were only pulled off out in the rural areas. Everything was plowed pretty well in the Twin Cities area, but it still took about 30 minutes longer than usual to get to work. Everyone around here's driven through bigger storms with worse timing so it's hard to complain too much.


30 minutes? I wish - it took me a solid two hours this morning. (Usually it's a 45 minute drive in traffic, and 30 during off-peak hours.)

36 was a mess. I average 7mph for the first 90 minutes I spent in the car.
 
2012-12-10 12:36:50 PM
I miss the snow here in Chicago. But I don't miss the 10 degree temperatures that come in the wake of a snowstorm.
 
2012-12-10 12:37:01 PM

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: At this very moment, I am at work in downtown Minneapolis. Honestly not that big a deal. I left 30 minutes early and got here on time.


I 94 was fine, everyone just drove 20 mph. City streets in North Mpls are crap, making it hard for suburbanites to buy their narcotics.
 
2012-12-10 12:39:18 PM
I was at the Vikings game yesterday, was waiting for the roof to fall in.
 
2012-12-10 12:39:27 PM

stpauler: We shoveled our sidewalk six times yesterday and woke up to more snow. I say this not to whine, but to keep idiots from moving here and then driving 10 miles on the plowed interstate taking up two lanes while I am trying to get to work. Yeah, it's bad, but if you can't handle it, stay home.


Eastern Montana/Wester North Dakota's drivers are even BETTER:

Road looks clear, everyone doing 45-55 and then some doorknob comes zooming by at 70, completely oblivious of everyone going slowly. Driver sees someone pull out to pass and hits the brakes. NO BRAKES. Slides straight into a barrow pit, skids for 1/10 of a mile and stops. Everyone driving by pointing and laughing.

In December we don't usually have nice, white, powdery snow. We have the demonic jerk known as black ice.
 
2012-12-10 12:40:57 PM

ShereKhan: Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: At this very moment, I am at work in downtown Minneapolis. Honestly not that big a deal. I left 30 minutes early and got here on time.

I 94 was fine, everyone just drove 20 mph. City streets in North Mpls are crap, making it hard for suburbanites to buy their narcotics.


I LOLed at that way more than I should have. Good job.
 
2012-12-10 12:42:06 PM
I just moved here from oregon. Never had to shovel snow before. I guess this was my welcome to Saint Paul present.
 
2012-12-10 12:43:11 PM
I miss Mpls.
 
2012-12-10 12:45:15 PM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: I was at the Vikings game yesterday, was waiting for the roof to fall in.


Strib article says they were pumping hot air onto the roof during the game to remove the snow.
 
2012-12-10 12:46:09 PM

dv-ous: 30 minutes? I wish - it took me a solid two hours this morning. (Usually it's a 45 minute drive in traffic, and 30 during off-peak hours.)

36 was a mess. I average 7mph for the first 90 minutes I spent in the car.


I used to cut over to Larpenteur on snowy days when I was taking that route in and out of town. But I feel your pain. After spending 25 minutes on a short stretch of 169 that usually takes 5 (and going 5mph the whole way) I was getting sick of it. But I've been through worse only a few years ago when we seemed to get a few inches of snow on work days every other week, whereas this year's been really mild until now.
 
2012-12-10 12:46:51 PM

thebpem: I miss Mpls.


Oh yeah? Well I miss Saint Paul. So there. :)

/cold land, warm people
 
2012-12-10 12:49:32 PM

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Random Anonymous Blackmail: I was at the Vikings game yesterday, was waiting for the roof to fall in.

Strib article says they were pumping hot air onto the roof during the game to remove the snow.


I don't think so. Jon Gruden didn't work the game.
 
2012-12-10 12:52:19 PM
Our office in the twin cities opened 2 hours late. 16" doesn't sound like a lot for MN, but to us here in DC it would shut us down completely for 2 days.

I miss snow. It was in the 60's this weekend here. /cry
 
2012-12-10 12:53:12 PM
What day off of work? Traffic was slower but it was fine.
 
2012-12-10 12:54:19 PM
How can you people stand to live there?
The accent is like nails on a chalk board.
 
2012-12-10 12:55:44 PM
went to the bears game up there this weekend. decided to go ahead and drive back to iowa afterwards. it was pretty slow going for the first 75 south on 35, but it started getting better once we hit arthur lea. sounds like we made it out just in time. my g/f's uncle thought we were crazy not to wait it out tho.
 
2012-12-10 12:56:00 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: thebpem: I miss Mpls.

Oh yeah? Well I miss Saint Paul. So there. :)

/cold land, warm people


Saint Paul is a nice place to live. Mpls is a good place to go laugh at hipsters.
 
2012-12-10 12:57:03 PM
Live and work in St Paul, managed to go work in the one hour it wasn't snowing yesterday morning, while the bus ride home took an extra 20 minutes or so in all. As these things go, this one was pretty dull for me, especially compared to the Dec 2010 storm that saw me stranded at work overnight.

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2012-12-10 12:58:49 PM
24 posts in and no one has brought up the blizzard of halloween '89? You can't talk snow in the twin cities without someone bringing up that storm and telling the same story everyone else has already told 100 times.

(Source: I lived in Minneapolis from '97-'02)

For what it's worth, the snow plow operators in Minnesota are pretty farking spectacular at what they do. I never experienced any significant snow on the road on the interstates, and only a small amount of snow on major roads. The problem is that when it gets too snowy and the plows stop, no one there has any experience actually driving through snow. The plows are almost too good.

When I lived in western Montana, we'd just get out the studded tires and punch through the snow drifts with our SUVs. They didn't even plow city streets-let the cars compact the snow and let the studs in the tires do the rest.

Now I live in northern California, where no one has ever had any winter driving training. So they just pretend snow on the roads to Tahoe is just like dry roads and hilarity ensues. The calamity that would result from an inch of snow in Los Angeles makes me laugh just imagining it.
 
2012-12-10 01:01:43 PM
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Pfft. Amateurs.
 
2012-12-10 01:02:44 PM

prometa: 24 posts in and no one has brought up the blizzard of halloween '89? You can't talk snow in the twin cities without someone bringing up that storm and telling the same story everyone else has already told 100 times.

(Source: I lived in Minneapolis from '97-'02)

For what it's worth, the snow plow operators in Minnesota are pretty farking spectacular at what they do. I never experienced any significant snow on the road on the interstates, and only a small amount of snow on major roads. The problem is that when it gets too snowy and the plows stop, no one there has any experience actually driving through snow. The plows are almost too good.

When I lived in western Montana, we'd just get out the studded tires and punch through the snow drifts with our SUVs. They didn't even plow city streets-let the cars compact the snow and let the studs in the tires do the rest.

Now I live in northern California, where no one has ever had any winter driving training. So they just pretend snow on the roads to Tahoe is just like dry roads and hilarity ensues. The calamity that would result from an inch of snow in Los Angeles makes me laugh just imagining it.


You must need to hear the story more, because its the blizzard of '91, not 89
 
2012-12-10 01:03:08 PM
Ha ha...get a day off for a storm that happened yesterday...that's cute. The roads I took were pretty darn well plowed by the time I left this morning, just icy. But, since I could only go 20MPH at any given time, wasn't any risk of flying off the road.

/just took an hour and a half instead of 20 minutes to get in...oh well, not the end of the world
 
2012-12-10 01:03:39 PM

prometa: 24 posts in and no one has brought up the blizzard of halloween '89? You can't talk snow in the twin cities without someone bringing up that storm and telling the same story everyone else has already told 100 times.


That's because the storm was in 91.
 
2012-12-10 01:08:22 PM
the big storm was in 91.

studded tires are illegal in mn
 
2012-12-10 01:10:39 PM
No day off here. Commute that is normally ~40min was 70. Avoided 36 & 94 taking arterial roads which was painful, but probably faster than the freeways.

As usual, not expecting to see my street plowed until all the snow has been compacted by vehicle traffic, though I get a bill (with a healthy increase) for "right of way maintenance" every.farking.year. love this place
 
2012-12-10 01:10:58 PM
Come gather round, kiddies, while I tell you the story of the Great Storm of Aught-Ten!
 
2012-12-10 01:12:20 PM

vudukungfu: How can you people stand to live there?
The accent is like nails on a chalk board.


Must be agonizing for you to listen to any newscaster or radio DJ then...

"The General American accent is most closely related to a generalized Midwestern accent and is spoken particularly by many newscasters."

"General American is sometimes promoted as preferable to other regional accents. In the United States, classes promising "accent reduction","accent modification" and "accent neutralization" generally attempt to teach speech patterns similar to this accent."


Source

Admittedly, it refers more to Iowa and does clarify that the further north you go, the more the local dialects influence the accent. But, I maintain that Minneapolis-St. Paul is still "close enough" to the area in question that it'd be far similar to it than would be, say, a Boston Accent.

/yeah, I fed a troll...
//...donchaknow
 
2012-12-10 01:19:41 PM
I use my snowblower and shovels not to clear my driveway but to move snow into position to create my giant snow slide. My driveway just happens to get cleared in the process. This way I look forward to every foot of snow we get.
 
2012-12-10 01:21:12 PM

Donnchadha: Come gather round, kiddies, while I tell you the story of the Great Storm of Aught-Ten!


Eh, it was just a more annoying than average winter storm. Not like the 91 Blizzard, or that ice storm we got a few years later that put a layer of ice over everything.
 
2012-12-10 01:23:19 PM
Woodbury to Edina.....1.5 hours... MEH!!!!...been doing this for over 12 years....have had three hours drives (for only 25 miles)
Drive. Stop at Buca's to pee and have a shot. Drive. Stop at Obbb's to pee and have a shot. Screw going home, drive to Neumann's in NSP. Drink!
 
2012-12-10 01:26:18 PM
I was just happy to see that they plowed my neighborhood last night instead of waiting 3-4 days like they usually do. My 10 minute commute took 15 today, it was horrible!
 
2012-12-10 01:26:20 PM
As a Minnesotan now living in Sweden, I am having a hard time not laughing at this. Especially after the easy winter you farkers had last year.
 
2012-12-10 01:29:49 PM

rockymom: As a Minnesotan now living in Sweden, I am having a hard time not laughing at this. Especially after the easy winter you farkers had last year.


Tell me about it. I was looking forward to a nice winter last year, as it was my last winter in the frozen north, but then we got nothing.

Ironically, I'm now sitting in the mountains (at 3300 feet) and it's 55 and raining.
 
2012-12-10 01:29:52 PM
Think of it this way: as of last week, we were about 11" behind on snowfall for the year. Now we're back to average.
 
2012-12-10 01:38:28 PM
Some asshole beside me this morning tried to change a two-lane left-turn road into a one-lane road pre-intersection, and almost forced me into the curb. I'm still pissed.
 
2012-12-10 01:42:08 PM
My normal 40 minute commute from Shakopee to Minneapolis took over 2 hours today, 169N was a parking lot because some black SUV was stuck in the right lane on a slight hill.

Here I am driving to work in a camaro and some person gets stuck in a 4wd vehicle. I thought that would be me, lol.
 
2012-12-10 01:44:45 PM

Jument: stpauler: We shoveled our sidewalk six times yesterday and woke up to more snow.

You must have OCD or something. I've shoveled twice in one day when I knew the snow would accumulate badly but six times is just crazy. Talk to your doc about getting your meds adjusted. ;)

We get a lot of pedestrian traffic and with the heavy wet snow we got yesterday, it's either shovel while it's easy or wait for footprints to compress it into a pain in the ass.
 
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