April dishes up smorgasbord of weather | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

April dishes up smorgasbord of weather

Posted: April 16, 2012 - 9:20am
This GMC was off the road in the ditch on Wise Road north of Brainerd this morning. Roads across the Brainerd Lakes Area were slippery with a combination of snow and slush covering them.  Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch
Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch
This GMC was off the road in the ditch on Wise Road north of Brainerd this morning. Roads across the Brainerd Lakes Area were slippery with a combination of snow and slush covering them.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Warm, humid weekend weather gave way to rain and snow in Minnesota on Monday.

Nearly a foot of snow fell to the north where power was disrupted and numerous school districts canceled classes. Eleven inches fell near Chisholm overnight Sunday with 8 inches in Bigfork and Cook, according to the National Weather Service.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation advised against travel on Highway 53 in far northern Minnesota because of heavy snow. Hazardous travel conditions were reported across the Iron Range.

It was 24 degrees Monday at International Falls along the Canadian border. Karen Hedtke, owner of the Tee Pee Motel on Highway 53 in International Falls says the snow hasn't affected business.

"The weather don't stop anybody in International Falls from using the highway," Hedtke said. She said she had hoped they wouldn't have to drag the snowplow out again this year.

"We had summer in March. We broke all kinds of (temperature) records," Hedtke said, now it's back to winter-like weather.

Scattered electrical outages affecting hundreds of Minnesota Power customers were reported in the Tower-Soudan area, Coleraine, Taconite, Buhl and Kinney.

A fast-moving storm Sunday produced several unconfirmed tornadoes in south and south-central Minnesota, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The National Weather Service had at least two reports of tornado touchdowns about 5:30 p.m. in McLeod County, about 70 miles west of St. Paul. There were also at least two reports of funnel clouds in Sibley County about the same time and in Cottage Grove in Washington County about two hours later.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.