Big April Snow Storm Loosens Grip on Region
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The National Weather Service has canceled the winter storm warning for most of Minnesota, but additional accumulating snow is possible through the afternoon and a winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 pm in the Rochester area. Meanwhile, Houston, Winona and Wabasha Counties, along with much of Wisconsin, are under a winter storm warning until 10 pm.
The official snowfall total at the Rochester Airport yesterday was only 2.5 inches, but there are reports of 4 inches of new snow in northeast Rochester, 4.5 inches in Kasson and 5 inches in Elgin. Zumbro Falls reported 6 inches of new snow this morning, while over 8 inches was reported in the Owatonna area.
The Twin Cities was pounded by the storm system. There are numerous reports throughout the metro area of a foot or more of new snow and a few areas on the north side of the Twin Cities were hit by 14 inches. The heaviest snow band was from just west of the Twin Cities into southwestern Minnesota. Victoria, on the southwest edge of the Twin Cities, reported 16 inches of snow, Marshall saw almost 18 inches and Canby was socked by 19 inches.
The storm also produced some impressive winds. The National Weather Service says sustained winds of almost 40 miles-per-hour were recorded at the Rochester Airport along with a gust of 55 miles-per-per-hour.
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