Northlanders React to Road Conditions from Snowstorm

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: April 12, 2019 06:12 PM

It's day two of the storm and road conditions were not the best in the early hours of Friday.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

The April snowstorm was not the forecast most Minnesotans were thrilled about.

"It sucks. It really does. I hate it,” Laura Rippberger, a Duluth resident, said.

"I’m a little bit surprised," Craig Saari, a Duluth resident said.

Intense wind conditions from Thursday and the early hours of Friday caused a lot of snow blowing, low visibility, and very slushy, slippery road conditions.

"The freeway coming down is icy. People were probably going about 45 miles per hour,” Saari said.

Cars were getting stuck with the amount of snow on the roads. A car on the intersection of Central Entrance and Arlington Avenue had to get shoveled out in the early hours of Friday.

"I guess it’s that time of the year. It’s wet and heavy and hard to move,” Saari said.

Some folks were up bright and early like Rippberger who was shoveling snow since 6 a.m. to get ready to go to work.

"I knew it was going to snow but I didn't think it would be this much,” Rippberger said.

"A lot of people have to go to work. I've got costumers coming in and have to get the parking lot open,” Saari said.

Snow plows were hard at work clearing the snow covered roads and will continue throughout the day to keep the roads safe and clear.

Saari said careful driving is important to remember, like keeping a safe distance from cars, especially snow plows. 

"Slow down, take your time. There’s no sense in getting killed driving to work. If you can, stay home,” Saari said.

Most Duluthians agree that it’s time for the snow to go.

"Hopefully it won’t come back until next year,” Rippberger said.


Alejandra Palacios

Copyright 2019 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

Relay Media Amp

Superior Council Draws Cards to Elect President, Paine Vetoes Censure

Filing Closes for Duluth City Races with 25 Candidates for 6 Positions

New Shovel at Minntac Represents Investment in Future

Henry Banks Announces Candidacy For Duluth City Council

Minnetonka Man Begins Running at 63; to Run Second Grandma's Marathon

Walz Criticizes DFL Official for 'Murder Boat' Remark