Snow causes more headaches in west central Minn.
The snow has ended, but spring is still far from here.
Preliminary reports from last night’s snowfall show totals of around 3.1 inches in Willmar and Kandiyohi County. Some areas of west central Minnesota received more snow, with Montevideo recording 5.5 inches, Sacred Heart 7 inches and Milan 8 inches.
Many area schools have either closed or are running two hours late this morning.
Kandiyohi and surrounding counties are still in a hazardous weather outlook today. Northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph may cause blowing and drifting snow in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.
MnDOT officials say that the primary concern for snow removal today will be the wind. Plow crews are currently working to remove ice and compacted snow from the roads, but strong winds, drifting snow and cold temperatures are making it more difficult.
MnDOT asks that drivers be patient and plan for additional time when traveling.
The highest snowfall totals in the state occurred in northern Minnesota. Two Harbors saw 22 inches of new snowfall, with 20 inches at Lake Nichols, according to the National Weather Service.
Highs today in the area will reach the mid-30s, with lows tonight around 17 degrees. More snow could be possible Saturday night into Sunday morning, with accumulations of 1 to 2 inches.