Latest Snow Creates Headaches on the Road and in the Air

Created: 04/04/2014 5:26 PM
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 News) -- Marty Lenss says operations usually run smoothly at Rochester's regional ariport during snowstorms because of a well -trained staff, but a windy, wintry mix is always a challenge for pilots.

"Low visibilities impact an aircraft's ability to get in and see the runway."

It doesn't feel like spring break. Blowing snow and a wintry mix may make some families dread their return home from the airport.

"We had two aircraft impacted last night and one this morning," said Lenss.

A flight from Minneapolis was cancelled at Rochester's regional airport and a flight from Chicago was delayed. The last punches from a brutal winter made travel tough, from in the air to the streets, where trouble spots are clearly identified by mnDOT officials.

"Down by the airport or just up highway 63," said mnDOT Public Affairs Coordinator Mike Dougherty, who says these spots are risky spots during snowstorms.

The National Weather Service predicted a fourth of an inch of ice for southeast Minnesota. Over a hundred snow plows in the 11 county region around Rochester were kept busy to help clear the hidden danger underneath heavy blankets of wet snow.

"If they do see a vehicle that slid off the road, you know, they ask if it's something they could of helped prevent," said Dougherty.

Top snow accumulations were seen in Berne, Northwood Iowa, and the communities of Mantorville-Kasson.

"We did have a very trying winter," said Dougherty.

That winter isn't done yet it appears, even though it's spring break for many schools and parents in Rochester.

"Airport staff, airline staff, I think people in general like to see the polar vortex disappear," said Lenss.