The ice storm cometh

After this morning’s painful — and unsuccessful — search around the driveway and environs for the morning paper, here’s something I didn’t expect to see on the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Web site. A clean map with no reported “incidents.”

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But it’s not hard to see why (I694 at Lexingont):

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Say what you will about Minnesota drivers, but there’s clearly a point at which they’ll stay put. This ice storm — said to be the worst in 20 years — is one of them.

That wasn’t the case, however, last evening:

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  • Ryan V.

    The problem with the MnDOT site looking like that though is that it’s hard to get the “Don’t go out!” message.

    I checked the site but ended up making my decision to crash at a friend’s based on twitter comments.

  • Stephanie

    I agree with Ryan. I didn’t realize the magnitude of the storm.

    I landed at 9:50 pm at MSP on Saturday night. It took me 3 hours to get home from the airport (normally a 35 -40 minute drive). The whole time never going over 20 mph and averaging 10mph. I have never, ever, ever, experienced some so bad as Saturday night. You could not use your brakes or you would start to fish tail.

    The whole time I could hear my grandfathers lectures on driving on ice. Don’t break…. down shift. His lessons on how to use an automatic like manual and following the awesome Pioneer Press truck helped me get home unscathed.