Winter weather made a brief appearance across the region Monday and today, dropping a few inches of snow and causing some headaches for motorists.
Tracy Packingham, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, said about one to three inches fell in the Brainerd area, with a high of four inches reported in Pillager.
Packingham said the heaviest snow fell in North Dakota, where totals ranged from five to seven inches. That band extended into northwest and central Minnesota, just reaching into the area.
"Brainerd just got clipped by it," Packingham said.
The snow also put a damper on this morning's commute. Pat Nelson, State Patrol dispatcher, said there were about 10 vehicle-related problems with ice early in the morning today, most involving cars going into the ditch or minor accidents. By 9 a.m. the Minnesota Department of Transportation was sanding, and things calmed down considerably, Nelson said.
The Cass County Sheriff's Department also reported about eight to 10 minor accidents due to icy roads.
People hoping for an extended winter shouldn't keep their hopes up however. Packingham said temperatures over the next couple of days will reach into the 40s, with 50-degree weather expected by the weekend.
"It's going to go away gradually, we'll lose most going into the weekend," she said. "(Snow) usually doesn't stay around too long in April."
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