Looking back at snow, extremely cold week

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Congratulations! Not only have you made it to the weekend, but you’ve also survived a very long week of snow and dangerously cold temperatures.

Taking a look back, the work week got off to a slow and messy start after several inches of heavy snow fell Sunday night.

Strong winds led to blowing and drifting snow on Monday that lasted well into Wednesday.

Let us not forget about the extreme cold temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wednesday’s high reached a “balmy” -19° and Thursday’s morning low came in at -30°.

Vehicles of all sizes and ages had issues starting, schools and businesses closed region wide,  and even the postal service suspended service for a day because of the cold.

“Brrr,” said truck driver Andre Pitt. “I’m from Florida, it’s too cold, I’m going home!”

“Jump starts. A lot of jump starts,” said tow truck driver Alex Grunewald.

“We started to run into some mechanical and other failures with our transit fleets,” said Chris Petree, Rochester Public Works Director.

“We’re optimistic that our game today will be in fact the coldest hockey game played in the history of the Guinness Book of World Records,” said hockey coach Andy Cousin.

As true Minnesotans know, it’s never too cold for a game of hockey.

It’s safe to say January left with a vengeance and now we’re all looking forward to a welcome warm up this weekend.

Sarah Gannon

Sarah Gannon

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