Another winter storm brings tricky conditions for travelers

Updated: November 30, 2019 10:34 PM

Thousands of people are expected to hit the road this weekend in the Twin Cities, whether it’s holiday travelers, or fans in town for the Gopher game and Prep Bowl.

The plows were out on 35W on Saturday afternoon as the conditions worsened.


“I think it could be pretty nasty tonight,” said Max Mallory of St. Paul. “I think we'll have a warm evening inside.”

Still, he’s embracing the Minnesota weather.

“We’re looking to see some fresh snow here, December is coming up,” said Mallory.

As they icy mix came down, hundreds of high school football fans from around the state packed into U.S. Bank Stadium for the Prep Bowl.

“This is what we expect,” said Jim Heltemes, of Mountain Lake. “Just another day in paradise I guess.”

He made the trip up from Mountain Lake for Thanksgiving on Wednesday.

“The roads were pretty icy at the time,” he said. “Until we got to about Madelia and then it cleared off.”

Now, Heltemes faces another tricky drive back home. 

“I’m expecting MnDOT is going to do a good job keeping the roads clear for us,” he said. “Take it easy, I mean let the plows do their job ... and it should be alright.”

The conditions deteriorated all afternoon, from snow covered roads in Duluth, Brainerd and Virginia to wet roads in Rochester.

“Ice is the absolute worst to drive on,” Linda Sandberg said at U.S. Bank Stadium. “It might not be so fun and if it's not good we'll just stay. It's not worth driving in bad weather.”

She had to drive more than two hours back to Windom and shared a message for others.

“Have a great winter, happy holidays, be safe, get home to your loved ones,” said Sandberg.

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