January 23, 2018 09:17 AM
(ABC 6 News) - Monday's slushy and slippery weather kept people off the road and closed a lot of businesses, but snowmobilers have been anxiously awaiting a storm like this.
Many were able to hit the trails, and that was a welcomed site for at least one Oronoco business.
"We just kind of made our own decision that we would stay open and hope that we were the only ones open," said server Randi Petersen, “snow storms bring in a lot of people here.”
She was right. The extreme weather made the restaurant much busier than a typical Monday, which brought in lots of people who left their cars at home.
"Some years we don't have enough snow, so when we get enough, it's nice to get out and enjoy the weather," said snowmobiler Aaron Magnus.
That's what made Monday the perfect day for Magnus to hit the Douglas trail.
"This snowstorm has really put down quite a bit of snow to cover the trail and make it enjoyable," said Magnus. He rode all the way from Byron up to Oronoco for a bite to eat at Tilly's.
"It's kind of uncanny how many people come in here on snowmobiles," said Petersen. "I'm going to say about 30 or 40 people have come on snowmobiles."
Magnus said he'd much rather be in the storm, than inside his house.
"Everyone stays inside and kind of hunkers down a bit and it's nice to get outside and actually enjoy it.”
If temperatures stay around freezing, Magnus estimates that snowmobilers will be able to enjoy the trails for at least a week with this layer of snow.
Updated: January 23, 2018 09:17 AM
Created: January 22, 2018 11:33 PM
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