Winter Prep Starts As First Flurries Hit Northland
Posted at: 10/21/2013 4:01 PM
| Updated at: 10/21/2013 5:37 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
Last winter, it seemed like it would never end, but six months later the first signs of this winter hit the Northland.
"We'd like it to fall when winter is suppose to fall," Duluth Maintenance Operations Manager Kelly Fleissner said. "Not in April like it did last year."
Fleissner said spring snow hurt the city's pocketbook earlier this year.
"We didn't quit snow plowing operations until the first part of May, which really set us back and really caused some problems for our budget," Fleissner said.
No need to worry, the city moved some money around and is prepared for the end of this year with $200,000 and 5,000 yards of sand and salt.
While too much snow means money headaches for some, the white stuff is like gold for others.
"On this wall here, we have several different ways to get ice and snow off your car," Denny's Ace Hardware Sales Associate Erin Otis said.
The hardware store is prepared for the Northland's first flurries, but that doesn't mean it's easy to get used to.
"I went out to my car this morning and I had no scraper for my windshield," Otis said with laughter.
Jeremy Standgas stopped by Denny's for some gloves Monday. He works outside.
"I love the cold," Standgas said. "I hate the heat. I'm built for cold."
While Standgas likes the weather, even he was his limits.
"Unless it's 20 below and my hydraulics don't work," Standgas said. "Otherwise, we're working in it."
At Spirit Mountain in Duluth, they haven't quite started making snow. They said that usually starts once temperatures drop to the 20-degree range.