Brainerd and much of Minnesota were spared from the snowstorm Wednesday that passed the area and hit most of Wisconsin.
The storm hit heaviest along the border of Minnesota and Iowa, and in Wisconsin.
Tracy Packingham, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, said the reason the area didn't receive a lot of snow was because the cold air, which was pushing in from the Dakotas, didn't enter the area fast enough, meaning most of the precipitation in the area fell as rain.
"By the time the cold air moved in, the precipitation was really light," she said.
She said most places in the area received only 1 to 3 inches. Wednesday morning the National Weather Service had predicted a possible 4 to 8 inches of snow. The area remained under a winter storm watch for most of Wednesday night, but Brainerd only received .78 inches of precipitation, most of that being rain.
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