Most of the metro didn't get nearly the 6-15 inches of snow the
weather terrorists meteorologists said we were getting yesterday, but that didn't stop the roads from freezing and turning traffic into the crawling hellscape we've come to expect every winter.
We know the agony of waiting at a bus stop, late and cold, wondering when (or if) your ride will ever show up. Here's a graph made using Metro Transit's frequent social media updates showing it pays to hop out of bed and get going early. (Or just hit the snooze and take a half day.)
According to the State Patrol, troopers counted 475 crashes and assisted another 702 vehicles that spun out or went into the ditch in a 14-hour window yesterday from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m.
"It started for me at about six o'clock and continued steadily throughout the day," said Sgt. Jesse Grabow, a state patrolman and public information officer who covers northwestern Minnesota. "Generally speaking the first snowfall might be a little worse, but then again, last winter it just seemed like we had a lot of these."
Grabow had one piece of advice for all the non-transit users out there: SLOW DOWN.
"This is just the beginning. Whether it's throughout the week or throughout the winter I don't know. I'm hoping things warm up but this is Minnesota, we need to be prepared," he said.