How Will All This Snow Affect Social Ice This Weekend?
With over a foot of snow forecast to fall in southeast Minnesota this week, how will all that snow affect plans for Social-Ice in Rochester this weekend?
While we're used to getting snow in Minnesota in February, it's not all that often that we get a snowstorm that dumps a foot of snow on us, right? But, as we've heard for several days now, that's exactly what could likely happen yet this week.
Rochester already received just over 4 inches of snow Tuesday night and 6 to 12 inches could fall again Wednesday afternoon and night, along with possible significant blowing and drifting. So just how will all that snow affect plans for one of the Med City's signature winter events-- Social-Ice?
That's the question I was wondering, so I reached out to Katie Adelman, Director of Content and Communications for the Rochester Downtown Alliance, the group responsible for creating Social-Ice back in 2008. This year's Social-ICE is set to run on the Peace Plaza downtown, from 4 pm to 10 pm Friday 2/24 and Saturday 2/25, along with Fam Jam set for 1 to 4 pm on Saturday. And, luckily, Katie said, the snow shouldn't be a problem:
With the significant snow events coming this week, we are monitoring the conditions as they arise and taking each element on a case-by-case basis with our contractors like the ice carvers, production teams, etc. Each have requirements for their process and equipment. The Minnesota Ice carvers, for example, do not foresee the weather being impactful to their work and are planning on beginning carving Wednesday.
On the contrary, the technology and production elements like lighting and tents may need to wait until the snow and wind subside.
We are currently in consistent communication with each contractor and readjusting the set-up time to accommodate their needs with the predicted weather conditions.
However, we are not anticipating any impact to the event itself. At the end of it, we are excited to see Social-ICE set up in all its icy glory.
So, yay! Which just proves again that here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we know how to handle the cold and snow-- and have a great time doing it too, right?!? So enjoy Social-ICe this weekend, and keep scrolling to check out some rules about what to do with all this snow!
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