Snow again—and with all the attention paid by the news media, you’d think snow in December in Minnesota was something unusual.Traffic jams started in early afternoon, followed shortly by snow emergency announcements from both Minneapolis and St. Paul (details below).
On my street, there’s a Santa snow barometer. The neighbors’ Santa is up when the sun shines, deflated during storms.
How much snow this time around? At press time (about 6 p.m.), about four inches had fallen in St. Paul. Forecasts varied, with the total amount by morning predicted at somewhere between five and eight inches. Forecasts, of course, are subject to change.
How much snow do we have on the ground? Bob Collins has the best take on that, with calculations on whether Minnesota has enough snow on the ground to cover the entire country, or even the entire world. “Heck, we’ve got plenty to share,” Collins notes, “and you know you’ve asked the question “where are we going to put it?” at least once today.”
Minneapolis and St. Paul are working hard to answer that question, with snow emergencies declared in both cities, effective at 9 p.m. Monday, . This gets especially confusing in Minneapolis
For the first night, snow emergency rules start with no parking on snow emergency streets, until they are cleared curb to curb. After that, check the Minneapolis snow emergency rules here and St. Paul snow emergency rules here.
The Vikings’ first outdoor game since 1980 takes place tonight (December 20) under snowy skies. Traffic snarls, parking shortages, and a snow emergency make the Bears the least of the Vikings’ challenges. The San Francisco Chronicle looks back fondly at the good (c)old days in Bloomington: