The Remarkable Metrodome Collapse Happened 12 Years Ago This Week In Minnesota
Whether you called it Snowmaggedon, the Mother of All Winter Storms, or something else, do you remember what you were doing 12 years ago this week?
It's almost like history is repeating itself, 12 years later. Because while we're expecting to get at least some snow (mixed with some rain too) THIS week across much of Minnesota, it'll be nothing like what hit the Land of 10,000 Lakes the same week 12 years ago in 2010.
That's when much of Bold North was hit with a powerful blizzard that dumped well over a foot of snow on much of the state and parts of Wisconsin, as well. (In fact, the National Weather Service maps show that nearly 18 inches of snow fell across the Twin Cities metro, with nearly 16 inches of snow in Rochester.)
That was the winter storm that dumped enough snow on the Metrodome in Minneapolis that it collapsed the roof and forced the Vikings to cancel their game with the Giants that Sunday. Which was okay, seeing as the Giants couldn't fly into Minnesota anyway because the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Bloomington was completely shut down that Saturday. (Remember when they ended up playing a makeup game a few days later at Ford Field in Detroit?)
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I was living just outside of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin during that storm and we ended up getting about 17 inches of snow. I remember how it started snowing during the late afternoon on Friday, December 10th-- and didn't stop for well over another 24 hours.
I also remember sitting back and watching it snow while heading out several times to fire up the snowblower to try to keep the driveway plowed out-- even though I didn't head anywhere, seeing as the Wisconsin DOT pretty much recommended no travel at all.
By Sunday morning, it had finally stopped snowing, but by then we were all transfixed by the video of the Metrodome's roof collapsing (which you can relive in the video below). What were YOU doing during Snowmaggedon 2010? And, keep scrolling to check pictures of some amazing winters from Minnesota's past too!
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