The Brainerd area missed the brunt of Wednesday's snowfall, receiving about 2.2 inches by late Wednesday.
The heaviest snow fell along the North Shore and in the southern half of the state, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth. Two Harbors received 16.5 inches of snow and Duluth received 10 inches. In the southern half of the state, Chanhassen received 8 inches of snow and Faribault received about 7 inches of snow.
Locally, Aitkin received about 3.5 inches of snow Wednesday, Pillager 3.2 inches, Little Falls 3 inches, Onamia 3 inches and Breezy Point 2.5 inches.
Though not much snow fell, roadways in the Brainerd area were dangerous, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported, as compacted snow and winds gusting up to 20 mph created poor driving conditions.
Brainerd State Patrol Capt. Mark Jonassen said his office responded to several semi-trucks that had jackknifed on Highway 371 between Little Falls and Royalton as well as a few minor vehicle crashes and motorists in the ditches elsewhere in the area.
"But so far nothing serious," Jonassen said Wednesday afternoon. "Considering what's been going on around here today, it's been surprisingly good."
In Crow Wing County there were about three vehicle crashes as a result of poor road conditions, though no serious injuries were reported, said Crow Wing County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Leonard.
"I think they're finally accustomed to winter driving," he said.
A snow advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday, the weather service reported, as a total accumulation of 5-9 inches of snowfall is possible in the Brainerd area.
Snow remains likely through Thursday night and into the weekend. High temperatures of 30 degrees are expected to drop to 15 degrees on Friday, and 10 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.
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