Spring storm continues to batter area; 8-inches of snow in Olivia, Litchfield
WILLMAR — Olivia and Litchfield were reporting eight inches of snow as a spring snow storm continued to make its way through the region late Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
Willmar recorded nearly five inches of snow by 5 p.m., and more was still on its way.
The National Weather Service forecast that the snow would taper down from 10 to 11 p.m. while winds with gusts up to 30 miles per hour would continue.
Gusting winds and icy roads made for difficult travel throughout the region all day. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to a 2002 International semi-truck trailer that left U.S. Highway 59 south of Clarkfield in Yellow Medicine County and tipped over around 10:15 a.m. Its driver, Charles Harper, 57, of Dawson, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The Patrol also responded to a fatal accident on I-94 in Clay County involving two semi-trucks.
There were vehicle spin outs reported on U.S. Highway 71 south of Willmar and U.S. Highway 12 east of Willmar as the evening commute was underway around 5 p.m.
There’s hope ahead: Thursday will bring sunny skies with a high near 38 and a moderate, northwest wind of 10 to 15 miles per hour. Sunshine and a high of 60 are possible on Easter.