Blowing snow causes visibility issues west of the metro

Updated: January 19, 2020 07:34 AM

One of the biggest concerns on Saturday night was blowing snow covering the roadways and making it hard for drivers to see where they’re going.

“You can get around the lakes better than some of the roads actually that we've been down,” said Joe Conser, who wrapped up ice fishing for the day and says he battled slick roads on his way back to Waconia.


“We did see one car stuck in the ditch, but most the time it was everybody going slow to not slide off the road,” he added.

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As the afternoon went on, driving conditions worsened. Along U.S. 212 heading toward Glencoe, drivers were cautious with the tough winds.

“I came from Bombards — went to the office and just about wiped out in a ditch,” Mark Olson said.

The frigid winds also contributed to freezing conditions on the roads.

“Yeah, there is some drifting. The ice is more of a factor right now than the snow is,” Conser said.

As snow drifted across the roads west of the metro, visibility became an issue.

“I think this is probably the hardest one with the wind, and then we got the rain last night that messed everything up,” Conser said.

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