A winter wonderland - again
Residents woke up to about 10 inches of snow across Douglas County - and that's not counting the wind-whipped drifting.
For those who made it to work Wednesday morning, there was plenty of watercooler banter about every one's challenging drive in to the office.
Then, there's this guy - Doug Bogie, a 23-year veteran of the United State Postal Service, was trudging through the snow banks along 7th Avenue East as he made deliveries on his route.
"It will be a long day," he told the Echo Press. "But it's not that bad."
Alexandria's public works crews were moving the heavy snow as quickly as they could Wednesday morning. Around 8:30 a.m., at the corner of 7th Avenue East and Irving Street, a city plow cut the corner short and popped a tire on a fire hydrant.
Like a racetrack pit crew, public works workers arrived to help change the tire and get the plow on its way again.
Alexandria's snowfall total, according to the National Weather Service, was 10.2 inches. Only two places in Minnesota had more snow - Isle with 11 inches and Little Falls with 10.3.
Area schools were closed for the day and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office advised no unnecessary travel. The winter storm warning expired at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
As bad as the storm was, there were no serious crash injuries reported in the Douglas County area.
Was Tuesday's storm this winter's last hurrah?
The forecast calls for flurries Friday night and another chance of snow late Monday night.