14” of Snow Reported in Brooklyn Center
You didn’t have to go far in Brooklyn Center on Tuesday to find people shoveling out from the storm. People ran snowblowers, while others shoveled out around mailboxes.
The snow was wet and dense and the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service shows 14 inches fell in Brooklyn Center.
“It’s not too bad,” says Ed Johnson, a resident who shovels a pathway larger than his driveway just in case the area gets a few snowstorms that dump 10-plus inches of snow.
Johnson estimates it will take eight hours to completely clean up from the storm, but he’s not complaining.
“As much of a pain as it is, the aquifers and lakes like it. So if you want drinking water, you better put water back in,” he said.
A few blocks away we found Kimyutta Hall shoveling for a few hours. Like Johnson, she doesn’t mind the snow.
“I don’t care about the snow, but when it’s the wind chill, that’s what I don’t like,” says Hall.
Steve Reckers, who reports data to the National Weather Service measured 9-plus inches of snow in New Hope. He says the metro area previously had a snow deficit, but this storm caught the area back up to average.
“We should have 30 inches by now and we now have 28, so this caught us up,” says Reckers.
Reckers says we are in a La Nina year, which generally means average or above average snowfall. As much as the snow was tough to deal with during and after the storm, it put the area on pace for another average Minnesota winter.
“February or March could be real snowy. We’ll have to see,” Reckers said. “Maybe we’ll get a good one for the Super Bowl.”