A broad swath of central and southern Minnesota was dealing with the first major snowfall of the season Monday, and it didn't come until early February.
A half-foot to just over a foot of wet snow fell across the region Sunday and early Monday, causing slippery roads and prompting numerous school closings and delays.
Montevideo and New London in western Minnesota each received 13 inches of snow, Litchfield in central Minnesota reported 10 inches, while nine inches fell at Princeton, north of the Twin Cities, and in Watertown, west of Minneapolis.
St. Cloud in central Minnesota reported eight inches, as did Waconia, west of Minneapolis. The National Weather Service office in Chanhassen got seven inches, with most of the metro area getting four to five inches. East of St. Paul, Stillwater got six inches.
WCCO Radio reported that more than 120 school districts in Minnesota and western Wisconsin had called off classes or started late, with most of the closings in Wisconsin.
Xcel Energy said about 3,100 customers, mainly in the western Twin Cities, were without electricity as of 8 a.m.
St. Paul and Minneapolis both declared snow emergencies to ease plowing of residential streets, as did some suburbs.
Most of the snow ended before the morning rush hour, and the weather service canceled its winter storm warnings, but Minnesota Department of Transportation crews were busy plowing and salting to make sure the slush and compacted snow didn't turn to ice.
"We just want to clear the roads, get (the snow) off and the let them dry off so we don't get any refreeze or more buildup on the road," said Mellow Lindberg, operations supervisor at a MnDOT truck station in Richfield.
Overnight lows in the affected areas were mostly in the high 20s to low 30s, but a cooling trend was in store.
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