For you south of the river workers and dwellers:
The City of Eagan's going to be cutting back. According to their Nov/Dec newsletter, funds aren't available to hire contractors to clear the Eagan trails, so they're going to make the City crews do it. Street clearing will remain top priority; winter trail and sidewalk clearing will be done between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mon - Friday. The new service delivery time will likely be 2-5 days after snowfall. During significant storm events or back-to-back storms, winter trail and sidewalk maintenance may not occur until conditions and operations return to normal.
It won't effect me much since I roll straight to Highway 13 and normally take the shoulder all the way to the Mendota Bridge, but I know several locals who commute into and out of Eagan year round and this could throw a potential wrench into their lives. Except perhaps Karl, whose Pugsley can conquer all.
I would anticipate that my biggest obstacle will remain the Mendota Bridge. And the plowing scheduled that Eagan is proposing sounds extremely similar to my experience on the bridge over the last few years. As I look back and look forward (neat trick!) I'm thinking I will concede and allow the bridge to win this year. Meaning that my plan going in to this winter is that I won't be cycling when the bridge isn't plowed. I may make exceptions to this if it's a light snowfall, or I may take a risk of getting caught at work and having to make my way home over an unplowed sidepath, but once I know that the bridge is more snowy than I consider passable I'll be avoiding the bridge. Which, by nature of it being the only reasonable river crossing between me and work, means avoiding the bike. But the risk/reward ratio has been getting skewed further and further away from reward the last few years and I'm just not that interested in fighting that battle any more. Perhaps I'm getting soft in my old age. So what.