People Making The Most Of Snowstorm

People Making The Most Of Snowstorm Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - People in the St. Cloud area seem to be taking this never-ending winter in stride.

People we talked to as they were snow blowing their driveways on Sunday seemed to be in good spirits and there were even families sledding at Hester Park.

"Hey, it's Minnesota," is the way many people reacted when we asked about the weather.

St. Cloud has nearly doubled up on last winter's snow total of 31.9 inches.

Monday's forecast is for partly cloudy skies and a high of 39.

Meantime, the April blizzard that's been blanketing much of the state the last three days has caused more than 1,700 traffic incidents.

The Minnesota State Patrol says, from 12:01 a.m. Friday through 8:45 p.m. Sunday, there have been 630 crashes, 1,182 vehicles off road/spin outs and 20 jackknifed semis.

Of those 630 crashes, three resulted in serious injuries, including one in St. Cloud.

Two crashes were fatal. One of the fatal crashes happened in the west metro when a vehicle westbound on Highway 55 in Medina hit a pedestrian at Pinto Drive Friday night.

The pedestrian was identified by the state patrol as Paul Michael Piekarski, 54, of Hamel.

The other fatal crash happened Sunday night in Minneapolis on Interstate 94 at Lowry Avenue.

One of the worst crashes in the St. Cloud area happened Friday night when a semi jackknifed on Interstate 94 near Freeport.

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