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Impressive snow totals for west central Minn. Willmar gets 8.6 inches

Erica Dischino / TribuneA truck drives on Highway 12 in Willmar Tuesday morning after the snowstorm the previous night.

WILLMAR — Snowfall amounts were generally in the 4-8 inch range in west central Minnesota, following a storm Monday that lingered into Tuesday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, Willmar had 8.6 inches of snow.

Other snowfall amounts in the area include:

* Montevideo 8.1 inches

* Madison 8 inches

* Spicer 7 inches

* Bird Island 6.4 inches

* Lake Lillian 5 inches

* Granite Falls 4 inches

The National Weather Service map indicated just two inches of snow fell in New London, but Jacob Beitlich, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, questioned that total, especially since Spicer to the south had seven inches and Cold Spring to the north had 9.3 inches.

Many schools closed for a second day, which may have helped keep the number of traffic accidents in check.

State, county and municipal departments kept snow plows going all day in an effort combat stretches of slippery, compacted snow and ice.

Beitlich said the next 7-10 days should be storm-free, but said the rest of the month may have a "pretty active" weather pattern that could be a "breeding ground" for another big storm.

"There's a lot of winter left, unfortunately," he said.

It was a different story last year.

Beitlich said on March 6, 2017, the temperature was about 60 in Willmar and the state recorded its earliest tornados, with tornadoes reported in Freeborn and Sherburne counties.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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