Lakes area residents no longer have to dream about a white Christmas and more snow is in the forecast.
As predicted, light snow fell nearly all Saturday. An official snowfall amount was not available from the DNR today. Unofficial reports included measurements of five to six inches of snowfall in the area.
Highs today were expected to struggle to reach the mid-teens under partly sunny skies. The National Weather Service reported increasing clouds tonight with a 30-percent chance of snow showers. Lows will be around zero.
Christmas Day, the weather service predicts will dawn mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs will be about 10 degrees. Chance of more snowfall is 40 percent. Christmas Day and Wednesday forecasts call for most cloudy skies and flurries with lows about zero and highs about 15 degrees.
The rest of the week is expected to continue with colder air arriving Sunday when lows will dip from zero to 5 below. Highs should be in the teens.
The snowfall created slippery driving conditions over the weekend. Nisswa Police Officer Chad Turcotte suffered minor injuries in a weather-related accident Saturday morning.
Turcotte was treated and released at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Turcotte's squad car was rear-ended and then pushed into the rear of a vehicle in front of him at the intersection of Highway 371 North and upper County Road 77. All three vehicles were in the turn lane at the intersection attempting to turn west onto County Road 77. The collision occurred about 11:15 a.m.
A passenger in the vehicle that struck Turcotte was also treated at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
A 42-year-old Cushing woman died at the scene of a two-vehicle collision in Morrison County Sunday near the intersection of Highway 10 and County Road 7 by Lincoln, the State Patrol reported. The collision was reported about 5:33 p.m.
Penny Denise Booth was fatally injured when the four-door car she was driving failed to stop at a stop-sign crossing on snow-covered roads. Booth, who was eastbound on County Road 7, crossed both the south and northbound lanes of Highway 10. Booth's car was struck broadside by a truck driven by Thomas P. Gerszewski, 53, Sebeka, who was north-bound on Highway 10. Gerszewski suffered minor injuries and was treated at Greater Staples Hospital.
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