The Twin Cities' weekend winter storm that dumped 10 inches of snowfall on most communities, including Roseville, has caused a world of hurt for lots of motorists. _ and right in their pocketbooks.
Between Sunday, Dec. 9 at 12:01 a.m. and Monday, Dec.10 at 11:59 p.m., the Roseville Police Department responded to 25 accidents with the weather being a contributing factor in the crash, according to Department Lt. Lorne Rosand.
Roseville's story is not unique. All across the Twin Cities, hundreds of accidents dotted the metro, according to WCCO.
"When traveling in inclement weather, one should drive according to weather and road conditions," Rosand. "In severe weather, like we saw Sunday, one shouldn’t travel unless there is an emergency or one has the means to travel through heavy snow i.e. a four-wheel drive type vehicle."
On Wednesday, the warm temperatures were helping to melt snow and loosen up compacted ice. In its weekly news update, the city of Roseville said it was continuing to treat its municipal roads to get them into safe condition for motorists.
"The nature of this storm required us to increase the application rate of ice control materials and we are using salt/sand to assist with traction," the city said. "Temperatures should be more favorable the next few days to help with the melt and continued cleanup. "
The city noted that most main arterials in the Roseville area are not plowed by municipal crews because they are the jurisdiction of Ramsey County. Those roads include Larpenteur Avenue, County Road B, County Road B2, County Road C, Rice Street, Lexington Avenue, Hamline Avenue, Fairview Avenue, and Cleveland Avenue and as well as parts of County Road D, Dale Street and Victoria.
Meanwhile, auto repair shops in Roseville are seeing a spike in business. They include Baber Auto Repair, 1690 Hamline Ave. North.
"We have a lot more customers coming in to have their winter tires put on, to get new tires, have their brakes checked, and get their heaters repaired,'' said Tina Liljedahl, the shop's marketing director. "The snow brings an awareness that if they haven't done these things yet, it's time!
"A snowfall just before the holidays like this gets people in prep mode for their holiday travel too," Liljedahl said. "They want to go out of town and have relatives to visit on Christmas so they are looking for that peace of mind knowing their cars will be ready for the drive."
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