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Viral videos of MnDOT snowplows at work are oddly mesmerizing

It's as satisfying as a freshly snow-blown sidewalk, but on a much grander scale.

One of the most unlikely things to have come out of this ridiculous weather of the past week is that there's something weirdly compelling about watching snowplows at work.

Videos taken by the Minnesota Department of Transportation have proven unexpectedly popular with social media followers.

Minnesotans will probably understand why, as they offer the same satisfying feeling as a freshly snow-blown sidewalk but on a much grander scale.

The most popular of them was taken last Thursday, showing a convoy of MnDOT plows proceeding along I-94 in formation (though the tweet below mistakenly identifies it as I-694).

It has been viewed more than 2.3 million times on Facebook and over 100,000 times on Twitter.

MnDOT followed that up with another mesmerizing display following the weekend's blizzard, which left many roads impassable thanks to the huge snowdrifts strewn across state highways by strong winds.

It released this video showing some of its snow blowers clearing the deep drifts on I-35, which was closed down between Owatonna and the Iowa border.

Also, check out these snowblowers – having one of these would clear your driveway in about 30 seconds!

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