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Heavy snowfall has State Patrol asking drivers to slow down

Closings listed as they come in

Posted: April 11, 2013 - 10:19am
It's here- snowstorm in April. Here's a photo in front of the Brainerd Dispatch.  Jennifer Stockinger/Brainerd Dispatch
Jennifer Stockinger/Brainerd Dispatch
It's here- snowstorm in April. Here's a photo in front of the Brainerd Dispatch.

An April snowstorm has barreled its way into the Brainerd lakes area, closing school early in Little Falls, Pillager and the Staples-Motley School District with snow expected to continue throughout the day.

The Brainerd School District announced on its website Thursday morning that snow is expected to diminish and plows are expected to be on the road by 1 p.m. Thursday to allow all students to be bussed home at their regular times.

There will be no afternoon early special education classes and no afternoon early childhood classes.

Sgt. Curt Mowers of the Minnesota State Patrol said Thursday morning that drivers need to slow down, as many trucks and sports utility vehicle drivers are “driving way too fast.”

Mowers advises motorists to drive with headlights on at all times, buckle up and to allow plenty of time to get to where they need to go, and not to drive unless they have to. Mowers also asks that motorists stay back from snow plows.

“This snow is heavy and wet, but drifting is occurring,” Mowers said in a release. “There is a danger of being forced into the opposing lane by heavy slush. We have not had a lot of crashes, but are having some vehicles off road.”

The National Weather Service in Duluth reports that Brainerd should expect a snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible Thursday, and less than 1 inch overnight. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent Friday, with another snow accumulation of less than 1 inch possible.

For the weekend, Saturday night has a 40 percent chance of snow and snow and sleet is likely before 1 p.m. Sunday.

More closings as they come in include:

• The Brainerd Public Library cancelled its Native American Flute program that was scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11. The library has rescheduled the program for 4:30 p.m. April 23.

• Brainerd Community Education Youth Driver Education classes held at Brainerd High School have been cancelled tonight due to the weather.

• Community Education After School Gymnastics programs at Brainerd High School will meet as scheduled.

• Other Adult Community Education activities are on as scheduled.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl.