Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of East and Central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities.
At this point, we may all be April's fools. The second snowfall in a little more than a week is expected to slam into the Twin Cities area Thursday night and drop up to three inches of fresh snow on Inver Grove Heights by Friday morning, marking the second straight Friday residents here will wake up to white. While last Thursday's snow totals came in under forecasted amounts, this storm is packing some moisture with it, and the Twin Cities area should see snow beginning Thursday night and extending into Friday. That should create yet another messy, miserable commute for Friday morning as well. Talk back to winter. Leave a comment below. The official weather statement, via the National Weather Service: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN…
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Have a great photo of the snow falling? Share it!
The weather folks are predicting up to 15 inches of snow in parts of Dakota County today. How much has fallen at your house? Post your photos here!
Friday, March 2, 2012
Have we seen the last of the dud winter of 2011-12? Definitely maybe. So, how did you feel about this past season?
By and large, snow blowers, snow mobiles, cross country skis, ice shacks and other winter gear sat gathering dust in garages for the past few months. Winter did its worst this week, but by Minnesota standards (and with last year’s monster winter in mind), it wasn’t much to write home about. The season was a boon for some, a bummer for others. Now, we'd like to know how you felt about it.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Traffic accidents were scarce as Inver Grove Heights dodged another winter bullet overnight.
As the region woke up to two inches of slush, Inver Grove Heights residents prepared for an unpleasant commute. While areas twenty miles north of the Twin Cities were buried under up to a foot of snow, Dakota County escaped the worst of the storm. Police Lt. Sean Folmar said there had been two minor accidents overnight in Inver Grove Heights. One car ran into a ditch, another skidded off the road. No serious injuries were noted. Folmar said city crews were out clearing intersections. He stated traffic on the main roads was moving well, and expected conditions to improve as the day goes on. “For us, it’s been pretty uneventful this morning,” said Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows. He had not received reports of anything worse than cars …
The organic road de-icing agent GeoMelt is environmentally sound, the city says.
It’s still Minnesota, so don’t get too happy yet, but it seems that yesterday and today’s storm is another boon for the city’s budget. As we reported last week, Inver Grove Heights stands to save approximately $100,000 this year, since low snow totals mean it can keep the big plows indoors more often. There has been some discussion, however, about the use of chemical to ‘pre-wet’ the streets, and keep snow and ice from sticking to the pavement, so they melt more quickly. Last week, City manager Joe Lynch told us the chemicals are better for the environment, because they allow road clearing crews to use significantly less salt. But not everybody is so sure. “I'd be curious as to what the chemicals are”, remarked one reader. We asked the …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Last night’s storm did what it promised, and dumped 3 inches of snow on the region. Still, nobody’s impressed.
Inver Grove Heights woke up 2-3 inches of wet, heavy snow this morning. It’s a pain to shovel, even if it’s only a little bit, but nothing major for Minnesota standards. According to Police Lt. Sean Folmar, Inver Grove Heights roads were “Pretty much clear” during this morning’s commute. As temperatures climbed back above freezing and salt did its work, there were no significant problems at the major roads around town, although Folmar did warn about icy spots at some intersections and side streets. No further problems are expected today, said Folmar. The same was true in the rest of the metro. The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s website showed traffic flowing normally, and no major accidents. Temperatures will hit the upper 30s…
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Each winter, city employees spend hundreds of hours creating and maintaining Inver Grove Heights' outdoor ice rinks. Here's how they do it.
Ever wondered what goes into the creation and maintainence of the city's outdoor ice rinks? It's a lot more work than you might think. In order to properly freeze a rink, City Parks and Recreation Director Eric Carlson said, the city must wait for consecutive weeks of below freezing temperatures before the city can begin flooding and freezing its outdoor rinks. Once the rinks are up and running, the work begins in earnest. Depending on weather conditions, a crew of four to six city employees clears and refloods the rinks six days a week. The job usually takes six to seven hours every day to complete, Carlson said, which means the city invests a significant amount of time and manpower into rink maintenance on a weekly basis. For more …
Friday, December 31, 2010
Check out these winter drink suggestions from local bartenders, baristas and restaurant owners or managers.
When the temperatures start to fall, a steaming cup of hot cocoa can be a person's best friend. But for those of you who are looking for something more adventurous than hot chocolate to stave off January's bitter cold, here is a selection of winter drink recommendations from local baristas, bartenders and restaurant owners. Caramelized Spaniard WHERE TO FIND IT: Jersey's Bar and Grill COST: $5 INGREDIENTS: Caramel mix, Bacardi rum, whipped cream and hot coffee with sugar on the rim of the glass. DESCRIPTION: This exotically-named drink is the suggestion of Jersey's Bar and Grill co-owner Shelley Ashton and manager Angie Seleski. The combination of sugar, caffeine and one and a half shots of rum in the Caramelized Spaniard will put a warm …