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ROCHESTER, MN — Just when you thought you had seen the last of wintry weather, snow and a wintry mix fell across north Iowa and southern Minnesota.
So instead of the gardening tools, it is time to bring back out the snow shovels.
Noon brings a shift change at the Rochester MnDOT location and while some are cleaning their vehicles, others are heading out.
“We have to go by what the weather’s predicting and with what we were seeing yesterday we wanted to have crews available to work 24 hours if necessary because tonight was when we were supposed to get hit pretty hard,” said MnDOT Spokesperson Kristin Kammueller.
Those at MnDOT were preparing for construction season, not more snow.
Needless to say, those in Rochester were not happy with the recent forecast.
“I was really mad when I heard it was about to snow, I want the 60s,” said Hope Schultz of Eyota.
The recent weather cannot decide what it wants to do. Two separate signs on the same bank in downtown Rochester show they do not even know what to think. One reads 35 degrees and the other reads 39 degrees, although they are only separated by a few feet.
Some just take the wintry mix in stride and know there are warmer days ahead.
“I’m glad that it’s melting and it’s not ice or anything worse,” Schultz said.
Those at MnDOT are doing there best to make sure the melting snow does not turn into ice. Their strategy is to make sure the roads stay clear.
“Salt the roads, put the product down and just really keep track of it,” Kammueller said, “They will watch the pavement temperature and make sure that it doesn’t get too cold.”
The night shift’s job is to make sure the wet roads do not get slick.
“They’ll come in and they’ll keep monitoring the roads. If something should change in the weather they’ll be out there. They’re just going to make sure nothing refreezes and keeps that pavement wet and the driving conditions good,” Kammueller said.
Those like Schultz say it is time for the slippery road conditions and cold weather to move on.
“I’m just, I’m ready for spring and I’m ready for the warm weather and getting ready for summer,” Schultz said.
Many others in Rochester could not agree more.