Minnesota hunkers down, prepares for blizzard-like conditions

Minnesota hunkers down, prepares for blizzard-like conditions Photo: KSTP

Updated: January 17, 2020 10:27 PM

Customers came through Frattallone's Ace Hardware in St. Paul Friday afternoon, hours before inches of snow piled up on the sidewalks.


Shelves were stocked with winter weather essentials. Some needed a new shovel, while others hauled bags of sand and salt to their cars.

"We're ready," said Linda Canfield, whose truck was full of supplies for the weekend. "Bring it on."

Canfield said the forecasted snow totals led them to dig out their snowblower for the first time this winter.

"I don't mind shoveling, but 10 inches is a lot to shovel by hand so we'll get the snowblower ready," she said.

Metro area to see 6-10 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon

As the snow started to fall, some residents got ahead of the storm by shoveling their sidewalks and driveways early in the evening.

But as time went on, their work was all but erased by new snow accumulating.

Corrine Komor planned on picking her child up from day care early and heading home to settle in.

"It's probably not going to be pretty driving-wise, so we're planning to wait and dig out when the roads clear up a little bit before trying to venture out," she said.

State Patrol: Over 100 crashes Friday as winter storm impacts region

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