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Twin Cities Battle Blowing Snow, Frigid Conditions

The plows of Bloomington were hard at work since the overnight Saturday, as trucks kept up with the falling flakes dropping on the Twin Cities.
BLOOMINGTON - Blowing snow and frosty conditions have picked up since Sunday morning began in Bloomington-Normal.

The plows of Bloomington were hard at work since the overnight Saturday, as trucks kept up with the falling flakes dropping on the Twin Cities.

Those at home tried to get ahead of the storm with the shoveling.

"I don't think I've ever had a winter where it was this windy or this snowy," said Nick Schell of Normal. "This snow's going so fast it stings our faces, and we were out here an hour ago and came back out the snow was as deep as it was this morning.”

With the forecast scheduled to get worse around noon, Evangelical Free and Eastview Christian churches called it a day, before their third services.

"Just try and see what happens. We want people to be safe and we had a lot of people that wouldn't show up, but we figured if we had 1500 or so, that'd be a great, great, day of worship, and that's what we had," said Mike Baker, pastor of Eastview Christian Church.

"Still down about 50 to 60 percent. Some of the folks who'd normally come to our 11 o'clock service just came to our 9:30," said Brett Miley, pastor at Evangelical Free Church.

But even with the warnings, the roads were increasingly crowded, and Bloomington public works manager Jim Karch's message was simplified, stay off them.

"The streets are going to become much slicker with the ice-like conditions, even a four wheel drive doesn't run on ice," said Karch.

And with the temperatures expected to drop even further, the salt truck's efforts began to lose steam.

"But at those temperatures, salt is not effective, so you'll see a lot more slick spots. There's not much you can do to keep the roads in drivable good conditions," said Karch.

Until then, the city is trying to keep up with a full assortment of trucks and plows expected to work through Monday.

Both District 87 and Unit Five are closed Monday. Non-essential McLean County government offices are also closed.

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