Something happened this last weekend that hasn’t happened in Minnesota for more than a year – significant snow that affected the entire state.
More than twelve inches of snow was reported in some areas, with winds gusting at 30 mph. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, there were 637 crashes statewide and 1,139 spinouts or requests for help by 6 a.m. Monday morning.
St. James reported snow fall of about 3.1 inches with wind out of the northwest at 30 mph on Sunday night. The snow, though significant, was not enough to merit a snow emergency. It did create plenty of work for the plows of St. James which ensured the roads were drivable following the storm. Residents also helped each other out – shoveling snow along the sidewalks.
The snow caused a slight delay in the area schools. St. James High School was delayed two hours. Snow fall is not something strange in this area of the country. Minnesota usually sees a few large snow storms every winter.
This year is the first in which winter storms have been named. The blizzard that came through the Midwest over the weekend was named Caesar and is the third winter storm this year that has been given a name. The first two were Athena and Brutus. This has caused a stirr in the weather community among those who believe that named storms will affect insurance rates – as they do for named tropical storms. However, insurance companies have denied any claims that named winter storms will create higher insurance rates.
Last year was an unusually warm and mild winter for the area. There wasn’t much snow and it was one of the warmest winters on record. This year is already showing glimpses of a much harsher winter – which is creating mixed emotions among residents of St. James.
It’s exciting to see the snow, especially for those among us who like to play in the snow – but commuters are hoping the snow stays at a manageable level.
It does look like the snow is here to stay and winter can finally be welcomed in as weather predictions don’t have the temperature rising much above freezing anytime soon. There is a possibility of more snow in the forecast though, in the upcoming weeks – so keep an eye on the radar and look out for Christmas snow storms while you plan your commute accordingly or sign up for CodeRed at the city of St. James website to receive weather warnings on your phone when they are issued.