Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Snow in Minnesota, again February 20, 2011

UP UNTIL ABOUT 45 minutes ago, snow was falling fast and furious here in Faribault, at a rate of an inch an hour.

Visibility had dwindled to a block in town. As for the country, I wouldn’t even want to guess.

But now, shortly after noon, the snow flakes aren’t as thick or as heavy and conditions have improved. Perhaps this is simply a lull in a storm predicted to drop up to 15 inches of snow here in southeastern Minnesota, more in southwestern Minnesota, “more” being 20 inches.

My area of Minnesota is currently under a winter storm warning until noon Monday.

In southwestern Minnesota, where my mom and other family members live, a blizzard warning has been issued. Snow and winds have created difficult driving conditions and low visibility on the prairie, according to information I just read on the Minnesota Department of Transportation website. I expect that snow gates, if they have not already been lowered across roads like Minnesota State Highway 19, will soon be put in place. That means you do not travel those roadways without the risk of a hefty fine. Prairie people, for the most part, understand the dangers of traveling in a blizzard and stay put.

I expect to spend my day holed up at home, wrapping up writing projects for Minnesota Moments’ spring issue. It’s a good day to do that and a good way to avoid working on income tax. I detest rounding up tax information and, this year, have put off the awful numbers task longer than normal.

On the way home from church, my husband and I stopped at the grocery store, a busy place at 10 a.m. As we entered the store, we were greeted by a shopper who just smiled and said, “Here we go again.” He was, of course, referring to the snow.

Then, a half hour later as we exited the store with our bread and other food packed into three bags, a cart-pusher, who was struggling to gather grocery carts in the snowy parking lot, declared, “Winter all over again.”

See the common word in their statements? That would be “again.”

Yup, here we go again.

I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR reports about weather conditions in your area. So submit a comment.


I APOLOGIZE for the lack of current photos, but I am without my Canon for a week while it is being cleaned.

© Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


6 Responses to “Snow in Minnesota, again”

  1. dorothy bowman Says:

    Winter here in Arkansas? So far today a drizzle and that is all expected. A great change from our three snowstorms this winter. I know, nothing like your winter but for here awful!!!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thanks for the weather report from Arkansas. It’s been a mixed bag here this afternoon with sleet and rain, and now snow again.

  2. Neil Says:

    The weather here in Minot, ND has been typical for the season for the past several days. On Thursday evening, I got to stay at work for 4 extra hours because the road into town was closed (yes, we have snow gates here too). This was not because of snowfall, but due to blowing snow. Visibility was down to about 5 feet! No one with a lick off common sense was going anywhere!

    At one point, I was looking at the on-line ND DOT travel information map with a co-worker. This is the one that shows the travel conditions throughout the state. My co-worker explained the color codes as follows: “The dashed red line means ‘no travel advised;’ the solid red line means ‘make sure your life insurance is paid up!’

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      That family sense of humor I know so well shines through in your comment, Neil. Thanks for making me laugh and educating me on winter in Minot.

  3. Bernie Says:

    Weather in Montana has been cold. Its a dry cold, so it takes some getting used to. This weekend we were supposed to have record low temps. Friday it was -11 with -11 windchill. Today it go up to 35, so not sure what is going on.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Please keep the cold air out west. We do not need it in Minnesota. Today the morning temp was minus seven, or something like that. And we got several more inches of snow to add to our mountains of snow.

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