Storm dumps 7 inches of snow

Published 9:49 am Monday, March 13, 2017

Several schools starting 2 hrs. late

By Albert Lea Tribune and Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Snow-covered roadways are making travel difficult in parts of Minnesota.

Southern regions of the state have been hardest hit by a winter storm marching across the Midwest. The State Patrol responded to nearly 400 crashes across the state Sunday. A multi-vehicle pileup temporarily shut down Interstate 694 in Fridley.

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Seven inches of snow fell on Albert Lea, according to measurements taking at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

More than 9 inches of snow piled up in St. James with 8 inches in Madelia and Wabasso. In the Twin Cities, snowfall amounts totaled 1 to 4 inches. Forecasters said Sunday was the snowiest day in the Twin Cities metro in nearly three months.

The snowfall led to a two-hour delay for several area schools, including Alden-Conger, Glenville-Emmons, Lake Mills Community Schools, NRHEG and United South Central. Albert Lea Area Schools were already closed for spring break.

The storm came about a week after temperatures were in the upper 60s and led to the state’s earliest tornado in Clarks Grove.

Albert Lea was under a winter storm warning through 10 a.m. today. Although snow was tapering off, people are advised to drive with caution as travel conditions may remain hazardous across much of the area.

People should look for the latest road conditions on the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s website at

The area is expected to have sunnier conditions Tuesday and Wednesday.