Winter’s first storm closes school

November, December and January came and went with barely enough snow to leave tracks on the ground. But February arrived looking more like a typical Minnesota winter.

Snow that started on Sunday afternoon left from eight to ten inches on the ground in and around Maple Lake by Monday morning.   Maple Lake Schools were closed for the day on Monday after initially announcing a two hour late start.

Karen Milner of M&M Bus said a decision was made for the two hour school delay at 5:30 a.m. after consultations with school officials. “By 7 a.m., it became clear there were ice packs under the snow and there would have been multiple problems for the buses,” she said.

City Public Works Director Jerry Sawatzke estimated that at least eight inches of snow fell in the city. Sawatzke said that he started plowing city streets at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night and didn’t finish until 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

He said this storm was difficult to clean up because the ice underneath made it hard for the plows to get enough traction to push the snow into piles.