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Darlene Donahue clears the driveway Tuesday at her home on 15th Avenue Southwest in Willmar. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Old man winter makes a cameo appearance

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The snow and sleet in this week's storm should be over, but the bluster appears to be sticking around.

The National Weather Service has predicted high temperatures in the teens today. But the partly sunny day is expected to have a strong enough breeze to push wind chill readings below zero.

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Snowfall amounts from the storm Monday and Tuesday varied across the region. An inch and a half was reported in Glenwood, according to the Weather Service. Willmar's snowfall was reported at about 5 inches.

Readers of the West Central Tribune on Facebook commented on the weather Tuesday. Several were emphatic about how soon they would become sick of the winter weather.

Jeff Jensen wrote, "Tomorrow! Brenda J Naumann-Rolfhus topped him by adding, "Today!!!" A little while later Sharron Gibson wrote, "5 minutes! :)"

"I would move very soon to another State," wrote Carlis Peachey.

Rachel 'Radabaugh' Eichhorst said she would "move down south in a heartbeat if given a chance."

A more charitable comment came from Roland Hovda, who said he would be OK until the first of the year.

For another view, there's Matt Woltjer, who wrote that he doesn't get sick of winter. " I go through the season. Keeps me busy with the plowing side job."

Debbie Rosenquist wrote that she loves the snow, but "hate the blowing and drifting."

Several communities in the area, including Willmar, declared snow emergencies on Tuesday so that they could clear their streets.

Many rural schools closed Tuesday because of slick roads, high winds and limited visibility.

Sarah Miller said on the Facebook page that she had a busy day with her family. "We did puzzles, played with army men, now are playing Wii and plan on doing some cooking."

Tonight, expect to see a low close to zero, with winds gradually diminishing into tomorrow.

The Weather Service predicts that temperatures will be back into the 20s by Friday, when there's also a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs over the weekend are expected to be in the teens.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a reminder Tuesday that it's against state law and many local ordinances to plow, shovel or blow snow into a public road or street.

Snow in the public right of way can create hazards, including drainage problems, drifting and sight obstructions, according to the MnDOT news release, and it's important to crosswalks, intersections and entrances clear.

MnDOT maintenance crews plow and maintain about 135,000 miles of streets and highways in Minnesota including 12,000 miles of state highways.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

Follow me on Twitter: @lindavanderwerf

(320) 214-4340
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