Good news: Thaw. Bad news: Ice, mud, potholes


Minnesotans longing for a reprieve from the stinging cold are ready to embrace the warmer temperatures sweeping into the state. But the Star Tribune reminds us that the silver lining does surround a cloud. And the cloud could contain rain.

WCCO's forecast shows that highs on Thursday will be near freezing, but the wind will make it feel cooler. Temperatures will fall back to near zero on Friday, with a slight warming trend over the weekend anticipated.

The National Weather Service forecast predicts that a chance of snow that could turn into rain on Monday, when the high of 35 is expected.

The Star Tribune story explains that some streets, narrowed for weeks by ever-growing snow piles, could be converted into ponds as the weather moderates. The water could then leak onto streets and roads and when mighttime temperatures drop below freezing, could turn them treacherous.

Rain this time of year, St. Paul public works spokesman Dave Hunt added, “is the dread for any public works agency,” because it’s often followed by a freeze-up that can leave streets in worse shape than they are now.

KARE notes the expected freeze-and-thaw conditions are already leading to the creation of potholes. Since January, drivers have lodged 57 pothole complaints in Minneapolis. For all of 2013, a city spokesperson said 44 pothole reports were submitted. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has received 168 reports of potholes in the metro area so far this winter.

The Star Tribune explains that city workers are now patching potholes with a temporary “cold mix.” In early March, St. Paul’s hot mix asphalt plant opens and will supply permanent patching material to numerous cities.

Next Up

PD Shimmers closeup

Man with Parkinson's lights up Plymouth with synchronized light show

"The best medicine I have for my disease is what I try to do with the light show," Mike Justak said.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.


When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.


Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.


Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.