2/7/2013 8:44:00 PM Ice, cold, snow impact CF area
by Ken Haggerty
A rare lightning and thunderstorm that brought a third of an inch of rain to the Cannon Falls area with temperatures near 40 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, January 28 and 29, was followed by a cold snap and a series of small and fluffy snowfalls over the following week.
As a result, residents in the Cannon Falls area were dealing with icy, slippery conditions and temps as low as 11 degrees below zero.
Since January 27, the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office reported six weather related accidents. Three of those were rollovers (Jan. 27, Jan. 31 and Feb. 4). No personal injuries were reported. They had two reports of vehicles sliding off the road due to weather (1/27 and 1/29), with both of those causing property damage. Also, one collision on 1/27 involving two cars colliding and one going in the ditch to avoid a collision was reported. Fortunately, they have not had any incidents of vehicles breaking through the ice.
Garbage trucks and mail carriers in rural areas were especially challenged by the glare ice after the warm weather and rain was followed by temperatures that were hard pressed to rise above ten degrees.
"When it's as cold as it was, salt and chemicals really don't do much on the ice," said Goodhue County Public Works Director Greg Isakson. "About all we can do is put more sand down to try and provide some grip."
About 20 percent of patients presenting to the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Cannon Falls within the last week were weather-related.
"Many of the patients we've seen recently in the ER have either slipped or fallen due to the icy conditions," says Angie Schrader, director of the Emergency Department in Cannon Falls. "We urge people to use extra caution when walking outside - especially going down steps, walking to the car and on the driveway."
Outside of the north entrance to the Fieldhouse at the Cannon Falls High School, a water main broke on Friday, February 1. The boys JV and Varsity basketball games were relocated to the Cannon Community Center and junior high games were cancelled. Events scheduled for Saturday were held.