March 05, 2018 05:37 PM
While much of the Twin Cities played a waiting game for March's first snow storm, St. Cloud took much of the brunt during the day Monday.
A change in weather was noticeable during the early afternoon hours near Clear Lake, along the Highway 10 corridor about 12 miles southeast of St. Cloud.
Clear Lake Mayor Tim Goenner was clearing the parking lot of his personal business Monday afternoon.
"So far about 3 inches of snow and a lot of wind," Goenner said when asked how much had fallen to that point. "And more yet to come tonight, I guess."
In and around St. Cloud, the roads were slushy and slick.
"The roads aren’t plowed very well at the moment, only one lane is passable," said Zach Lemmon, as he made his way from Roseville to St. Cloud along Highway 10 Monday afternoon. "So everyone is kind of just stuck behind each other."
Wendy Ramos and her crew were fortunate a good Samaritan stopped after their vehicle slid off the road.
"We were on our way home from work and my husband, he just started sliding and hit the bumper over there pretty much," Ramos said. "It's super slippery."
As soon as that good Samaritan finished with the Ramos car, he helped another one dig out that had crashed into a stop sign.
By noon, the St. Cloud airport had reported 2.3 inches of snow.
In St. Cloud, those shoveling or blowing snow appeared to be the only people outdoors. That is, aside from four kids who used buckets and bins to build a snow fort in the front yard.
Even with the sleet pelting their faces, the kids were loving every minute of their first snow day.
"It’s their first ever actual snow day because they’ve been home schooled until this year," said mom Angela Rothwell. "So it’s their first actual school day of being home.
"They are very excited."
Updated: March 05, 2018 05:37 PM
Created: March 05, 2018 04:18 PM
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