‘Slow down, stay safe’: Minnesotans brace for first big snowfall of the season – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Snow in Mankato started falling around 10 a.m. Friday and remained steady for most of the day.

“It’s wet. It’s heavy. It’s a heavy, wet snow,” said Tom Chaves while shoveling in St. Peter.

That’s how he describes the first major winter storm of the season. For him, snow is a welcome sight.

“I like this. I have a snow blower in the back. When it gets really bad tonight, I’ll take that ride. It’s nice and warm there and I’ll be driving all night long,” Chaves said.

Crossing Highway 169 in downtown St. Peter, Arrow Hardware and Paint is slowing down after a busy week.

“Yesterday I delivered the snow blower to the store. Three different snow blowers, we sold six this week,” said Jack Killian from the hardware store.

Due to the timing of the storm hitting at the weekend, everyone was busy doing their last errands, and the grocery stores were bustling as well. Some said they would stay the whole weekend.

Bonnie Berndt of Eden Prairie said: “We’re going to hibernate.

At least the kids stay home to help clear the snow.

School in St. Peter, Mankato and quite a few schools in the area were canceled ahead of the upcoming snowstorm.

At a gas station, truckers relax before hitting the road again. It was their calm in the face of the storm.

“Slow down, safe. There’s nothing worth going into the ditch and being wrecked. It’s just not worth it,” said truck driver Keyes Burgess.

“Slippery conditions. Drive carefully, drive defensively. Reduce speed. Very important for your own safety,” added truck driver James Schmidt. ‘Slow down, stay safe’: Minnesotans brace for first big snowfall of the season – WCCO


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