Spring Snowstorm Puts Travel Plans on Hold
Posted at: 04/10/2013 8:38 PM
| Updated at: 04/10/2013 10:26 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
The storm now headed toward the Northland has forced many people to change their travel plans and businesses are trying to prepare.
In April, business usually picks up in Canal Park, but with a looming snowstorm that could bring an estimated 10 inches to the Twin Ports, the canal was pretty quiet Wednesday. The snow has melted near the water and the Lakewalk is clear for runners and walkers, but few braved the wind picking up over the lake.
"It's mid-April!" said Jodi Noordmans, who's visiting from Brainerd. "It was warm last year this time of year, so what's the deal. I don't get it!
Having already hit South Dakota and southern Minnesota, the storm is now headed north and forced some to cancel their travel plans to Duluth. Canal Park hotels are preparing for the worse.
"We're ready to cook food for people if need be, we're ready to pull the shuttle off the road if need be, and we're ready to pick up our staff in big vehicles if need be," said General Manager at The Inn at Lake Superior, Nikki Anderson.
Anderson said they had around 10 cancellations Wednesday, mostly from guests coming up from the Twin Cities.
"That's a small number," said Anderson. "As we get closer, they will really start coming."
In mid-April, Anderson said business usually picks up, but this winter is hanging on. Still, she said despite cancellations, they'll still have plenty of business this weekend.
"It's a snowstorm, it's April, the snow will be gone in three days," said Anderson.
All the hotels in Canal Park said they had received cancellations because of the storm, and that they could have more over the next 48 hours.