Around 1 o’clock this afternoon, freezing rain hit the Rochester area and caused a series of car crashes. Officials sent this picture of one accident on I-90 westbound just west of Highway 52.
A young woman was trapped, extricated and taken to St. Mary’s.
Not long afterwards, I got a call from a family friend. She and her car skidded off Highway 52 in Zumbrota. I headed in that direction and I wasn’t treating Highway 52 lightly. And I’ve long been known as the best snow driver ever exported to Minnesota from Massachusetts.
It’s true that the current snowstorm isn’t “snowmageddon.” And it’s true that news and weatherpeople make a big deal out of an event or two that happens every year at this time (I’m more than guilty).
But it’s a big deal when you’re driving down the highway at a good clip and your car starts sliding and heading for a ditch or, worse, another car full of people who just want to get home. It happens to good people, even real Minnesotans who know it’s November and that it snows in Minnesota in November.