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MnDOT Bracing for Overnight Snow

Posted at: 02/21/2013 4:53 PM
Updated at: 02/21/2013 10:45 PM
By: Naomi Pescovitz

Last year at this point in the season we had 17.2 inches of snow in the metro.

This year, we're at 31.3 inches, nearly double.

And Thursday night into Friday we're just going to add to that.

Trucks were busy re-stocking salt stations in the north metro Thursday afternoon.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has had crews out pre-treating those problem areas around the metro, they started doing that last night.

It's the bridges, ramps and over-passes that tend to be the slick spots.

Crews worked Thursday evening and switched to plowing once the snow started falling.

"We're hearing that there's a 20 percent chance of snow starting at about 11 o'clock and that's going to ramp up to about 90 percent by tomorrow morning. And at that point we already have our crews split, for tonight and through tomorrow in anticipation of the snow," said MnDOT's Kent Barnard.

MNDOT says we've been fortunate this year when its come to the timing of our snowfalls.

"This year it seems like we've lucked out and a number of the snowstorms have fallen on the weekends when the traffic has been less, we don't have the commuter traffic and the day to day grind of going back and forth to work to contend with, " says MNDOT's KentLast year at this point in the season we had 17.2 inches of snow in the metro.