Monday, April 22, 2013
More than halfway through April, but winter still isn't relenting. Forecasters predict significant snowfall tonight across the metro area—and an isolated thunderstorm or two.
Prep your snowblowers and warm up those tired shoveling muscles; another winter storm warning has been issued for Woodbury and much of the Twin Cities area. The National Weather Service is expecting as much as 6 to 10 inches of snow on Monday night, with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour expected. Isolated thunderstorms may be possible in the main band of snow, which will likely stretch from New Ulm across the Twin Cities to Hayward, Wis. The snowstorm will likely be preceded by rain in the late afternoon, forecasters say. A winter storm warning is in effect. Meanwhile, the city of Woodbury on Monday sent out a reminder that outdoor athletic fields remain closed. Using the fields during the spring "thaw" can cause damage and delay …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The National Weather Service in Chanahssen has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of east and central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities. The storm is expected to hit Thursday night into Friday morning.
The second major snowfall in a little more than a week is expected to slam into the Twin Cities on Thursday night and drop up to six inches of fresh snow on the area by Friday morning, marking the second straight Friday residents here will wake up to white. While last Thursday's snow totals came in under forecasted amounts, this storm is packing some moisture with it, and the Twin Cities area should see snow beginning Thursday night and extending into Friday. That should create yet another difficult commute for Friday morning as well. The official weather statement, via the National Weather Service: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The snow was expected to continue Thursday and Friday.
Look on the bright side: Saturday is supposed to be partly sunny and nearly 40 degrees. Wind bent over a power pole on Woodlane Drive early Thursday morning and traffic was slowed across the city as the spring snowstorm continued in Woodbury. The bent power pole on Woodlane Drive caused traffic to be blocked by emergency vehicles from Lydia Lane north, according to a resident on Woodbury Patch’s Facebook page. The Woodbury Fire Department was on the scene diverting traffic, and it was expected to be cleared before noon, Woodbury traffic officer Scott Melander said. (Update: Traffic was able to pass by the scene by 11 a.m.; Xcel Energy crews were there.) As of 9 a.m., there was only one crash, on Regatta Drive, and there were no injuries …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Unlike previous snowstorms that hit the city this season, there were only a handful of incidents Tuesday morning.
Maybe folks have simply learned how to drive in the snow. Between 6 a.m. and mid-afternoon Tuesday, March 5, there were only five crashes in Woodbury, none with major injuries or significant damage to the vehicles involved. “Which for this kind of storm is not bad,” according to Woodbury Police spokeswoman Michelle Okada. She’s not exaggerating. More than 30 crashes were reported in Woodbury by mid-morning on Nov. 12, 2012, when the city saw its first major snowfall of the season. The Dec. 9, 2012, storm, which dumped almost a foot of snow on Woodbury, saw several incidents on the roads, and it was the “same story” 11 days later, when there were a dozen crashes in the city by 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 20. As recently as Jan. 27 there was another …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Woodbury area. Between 6-10 inches of snow is expected to fall across the east metro through Tuesday afternoon.
A winter storm warning is in effect for the Woodbury area through Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service expects that two periods of heavy snow—with accumulation of 6-10 inches—across the east metro over the next 48 hours. According to the NWS: THE AXIS OF HIGHEST SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION IS FORECAST NEAR THE MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN BORDER AREA. SOME STORM TOTALS COULD APPROACH 12 INCHES. The city's winter-parking rules run from Nov. 1 to April 1, banning on-street parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. City ordinance also prohibits on-street parking any time two or more inches of snow have accumulated, until after the street has been completely plowed. The two-inch guideline applies to any hour of the day, any time of year. Residents are…
Monday, December 10, 2012
About a foot of snow fell on the city Sunday.
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Monday, December 10, 2012
There were several incidents on the roads and plenty of calls to public works following the storm that dumped about a foot of snow on Woodbury. No one was seriously injured in any of the crashes, most of which were vehicles going off the road or feder-benders, said Woodbury traffic officer Scott Melander. “If residents would slow down it wouldn’t be so bad driving right now,” he said. Interstate 94 was icy, with slow going for commuters Monday morning, while city roads were “in OK condition,” Melander said. Related: Major Snowstorm Hits Woodbury: Share Your Photos District 833 opted not to close or delaying school, and Xcel Energy’s outage map didn’t show any issues for Woodbury. District 834 did delay school a couple of hours. …
Monday, November 12, 2012
There were no serious injuries reported Monday morning.
More than 30 crashes were reported in Woodbury as of 10:20 a.m. Monday morning as the city saw the first significant snowfall of the season. No one was hospitalized as a result of the crashes, said Woodbury traffic officer Scott Melander. Often, motorists were sliding through stop signs or traffic lights, Melander said. Reports started coming in at about 8 a.m. and Woodbury police had received at least three dozen calls. “It’s been a busy morning,” Melander said. The Woodlane Drive hill at Valley Creek Road was too icy to drive up at one point this morning, but city crews were out salting the roads, Melander said, and that street is now drivable. “Drivers need to realize that they do need to slow down and drive for the conditions,” he said…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Woodbury youth lacrosse coach Patrick Donaghy said his mother “probably lost all her possessions.”
Woodbury resident Patrick Donaghy grew up in Long Beach, N.Y., where Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc Monday. His mother still lives there, and was forced to evacuate the city. “She probably lost all her possessions,” Donaghy said. Donaghy, 37, a local youth lacrosse coach and former Woodbury High School assistant coach, said his mother lives about a block from the ocean, and he could see glimpses of her neighborhood during television coverage of the storm. “It’s really sad,” he said. “You kind of wish you were there to help out, even though you wouldn’t be able to really do anything.” At least 16 people died in the northeast area of the U.S. as a result of the storm, according to the Chicago Tribune. Millions of others were affected by the …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Taking a look back at the news of the week in Woodbury.
In case you missed some of the week’s top stories, here’s a recap. Power Lifters Feel Pressed Out at Woodbury’s Xperience Fitness This story generated a lot of discussion; power lifters said they feel the gym is enforcing and creating rules that single them out. Woodbury Runners Finish Grandma's Marathon Takes a lot of heart to run a marathon. Find out which of your neighbors ran. As to be expected, storm coverage dominated Tuesday’s news. Thanks to those who added their storm photos to these posts. (Pictured above.) Woodbury Council Preview: Renewing Officer-Firefighter Program Another story that generated some discussion—this time on the police officer-firefighter program. The city council had a public safety themed meeting this week. …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A lightning strike in the Stonemill Farms neighborhood was one of several issues caused by the storm. Got photos? Add them here!
Lightning tore a hole in the roof of a home in Woodbury’s Stonemill Farms neighborhood early Tuesday morning, one of several incidents reported as a result of the major storm that rolled through the metro area. No fire resulted from the strike, but it did send Tim Andrews reeling as he was looking for a pet cat while the rest of his family was huddled beneath a set of stairs in the basement. “It was pretty intense,” Andrews told Patch. “Talk about getting your adrenaline going… I left the cat, of course.” The lightning strike was among 18 calls to the Woodbury Fire Department between 3:30 a.m. and noon Tuesday, said Cmdr. John Wallgren. (A handful of those calls were medical in nature, he said.) There was only one actual fire, which …