Pressure : 29.85 in
Dewpoint : 64.9 °
Wind : South
Heavy snow leaves travelers struggling to get home
With snow falling so quickly, at times it was hard to keep up with the roads. Travelers across the area are having a tough time reacting to the storm. And, driving through the snow is no walk in the park.
News 5's Katie Gauthier joins us now live in Hastings with the latest conditions.
The strong winds are causing drifts and blowing snow across the area. It's best to stay inside if you can. News 5 caught up with drivers looking forward to getting home.
Snow, snow and more snow.
"It's slick. Mostly blowing and drifting, hard visibility to see anything," said Kevin Czekai.
Once the snow started, it fell fast and heavy.
"Right now, I'm scooping in front of the gas pumps so when customers come up to fuel gas they're not slipping and sliding all over the fresh snow so we're trying to keep it all cleaned up so we don't have any accidents out here," said Emily O'Brien, Hastings Ampride.
"Just out getting a couple last minute things and hopefully get back in before it gets any deeper," James Ross said.
Snow drifts piled up, even in the middle of the roads making travel difficult for drivers.
"We went to the grocery store and it was terrible. If you've got a car you better stay at home," said Brian Becker.
"The roads are terrible. My boss had to come and pick me up today because I couldn't get out of my driveway," O'Brien said.
Emily lives a couple minutes from Ampride South in Hastings.
A simple commute turned into a half an hour treacherous drive this morning.
"It's been pretty steady actually. There's a lot of stragglers coming in to get fuel and a lot of them are coming in just to get a warm cup of coffee and just try to stay out of the cold as best they can," said O'Brien.
Those winds also are causing low visibilities and white out conditions across the area.
"It's going to be a long trip home because I don't think you can see the sides of the roads and you can't tell where things are. I dread it," said Glenda Tietjen
"It's not probably as bad as 281 but I mean it's getting there. They're trying to plow but I don't think they're keeping up," Czekai said.
The snow may be letting up. But, most drivers won't be testing the roads any longer.
Hopefully, you are staying home this evening. There aren't a lot of cars on Hwy 281 right now. A lot of businesses are closed, including the Big G Ace Hardware store that closed earlier this afternoon because of the weather.
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