Heavy, wet snowflakes fell for a short time this morning in the Brainerd area creating a mess on roadways and contributing to several crashes.
About 2.5 inches of snow fell in Brainerd, DNR program forester Mark Mortensen said, and more may be on the way. The National Weather Service in Duluth reported there's a chance the light snowfall will continue throughout today, possibly mixing with rain this afternoon.
As of 8:30 a.m. today, Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc said officers had responded to five accidents within the city.
"The road conditions are quite slippery," said Bolduc. "And of course our motoring needs to get back into the winter driving mode," by allowing for more travel time and being prepared for greater stopping distance.
Nisswa Police Chief Craig Taylor said ice and snow was a factor in two single-vehicle accidents in Nisswa. No one was injured in either accident, Taylor said.
While the snow may have slowed motorists through the Brainerd lakes area, it didn't stop them from voting.
Crow Wing County Deputy Auditor Sandra Magnan said early today that voting precincts were busy this morning, despite the snow.
Magnan said according to her staff members Baxter City Hall's parking lot was completely full and motorists were parked along Memorywood Drive when the polls opened at 7 a.m. today.
"It sure didn't stop them from voting before work," said Magnan, of the snow.
Magnan said mail ballot precinct voters have been calling the auditor's office wanting to vote again in the U.S. Senate race as a result of Paul Wellstone's death. Magnan said mail ballot voters have until 8 p.m. tonight to change their votes on that race by filling out an official supplemental ballot at the Crow Wing County auditor's office.
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