Albert Lea receives 8 inches of snow

Published 8:21 am Sunday, December 2, 2018

Residents began digging out Sunday morning after the first major winter storm of the season swept through the area.

Light snow could continue as the winter storm warning remained in effect until noon.

As of 8 a.m. Sunday, Albert Lea had received about 8 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. The weather agency stated additional snow accumulations of up to 1 inch could fall this morning through the end of the storm warning.

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Plows are out clearing roadways, and residents could be seen on most streets in town shoveling or clearing sidewalks and driveways with snowblowers.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, roads in Albert Lea and the surrounding area are improving. Interstates 35 and 90 near Albert Lea were listed as partially covered with snow, along with U.S. Highway 69. U.S., as of 10:45 a.m. U.S. Highway 65 from Albert Lea to Glenville was listed as completely covered with snow.

People should plan on slippery road conditions, and winds gusting as high as 35 mph could lead to areas of blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility in open areas. 

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