‘I'd rather be in Arizona:' Central Minnesota deals with wet snow

A sharp dividing line sprawled diagonally across Minnesota on Thursday, with a chilly rain drenching the Twin Cities and wet snow blanketing communities to the north and west.

Leaving the Metro on westbound Interstate 94, road soaked the freeway until Monticello. After that, colder temperatures meant that snow dominated.

In parts of Stearns County, about six inches of snow had fallen by midday Thursday. The snowfall earned decided mixed reviews among those who experienced the brunt of it.

“I’d rather be in Arizona,” joked Lonny Luberts of Sauk Centre, when asked if he’d rather have the rain that southern Minnesota was receiving. “We could skip right to April and I’d be happy.”

People across the county started shoveling and snow blowing over the lunch hour, expecting to have to repeat the process in the evening.

“I thought it would be a lot lighter,” said Danny Primus, who was shoveling in St. Cloud. “This is like March snow. This is heavy, wet snow.”

The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s office in the region said road conditions were inconsistent: some roads were wet, some snow-covered, others icy. 

“This is a tricky storm. Don't overdrive it,” MNDOT Region 3’s Twitter page said. “Road conditions change from wet, to ice or slush, in just a few feet.”

In Sauk Centre, some kids enjoyed a well-timed snowfall over winter break by racing down a hill in the city. Across town, three girls shoveled snow outside their home – a job their mom said they volunteered to do. 

“This is (enough snow) for me,” said Madison Volkmann, the oldest of the trio. “I don’t like a lot of snow, or else I have to clean it all up.”

Others welcomed the snow, in a season that has seen little of it so far.

“I’m kind of happy. If it’s going to be that cold anyway, I’d rather have snow and now my allergies are better today already,” said Mary Sollmand, as she stopped for gas in St. Cloud.