Snow lovers received an early Valentine’s gift from Mother Nature Sunday.
It didn’t dump 3 feet of snow here but the snow storm through Minnesota did make it look a lot more like mid-winter.
For those out shoveling, the good news was the snow wasn’t the heavy, wet snow typically seen in the spring.
In Brainerd, fog and a freezing mist arrived in the wee hours with temperatures a steady 29 degrees for much of the overnight. Just when people may have been thinking this storm was going to skirt Brainerd, the heavy snow arrived after 11 a.m. By noon, the snow was heavy enough to make visibility a challenge even on city streets. Snow was still coming down, but much lighter by 4 p.m. and down to a few flakes by 7 p.m.
Snow totals as of 6:30 p.m. Sunday included:
■ 9 inches Motley.
■ 8.6 inches Little Falls.
■ 8.5 inches Hillman.
■ 8.1 inches Big Fork.
■ 6.5 inches Brainerd.
■ 6.5 inches St. Cloud.
■ 5.5 inches Aitkin.
■ 4.9 inches Long Prairie.
An additional snowfall of 1-3 inches was anticipated overnight with snow continuing, perhaps an additional half inch, through noon Monday. Mild temperatures mean people will have a pleasant opportunity to enjoy the fresh powder. Highs this week are expected to be in the mid 20s to low 30s, until Friday when the temperature is expected to drop below normal. The high Friday may be 12 degrees. Highs for the coming weekend maybe in the upper teens beneath sunny skies.
While the storm didn’t dump the full brunt of the snow here, the National Weather Service in Duluth reported 12 inches of snow fell three miles west of Donnelly in Stevens County.
Crow Wing and Todd county advised no travel Sunday because of extreme weather conditions. Sunday, the Minnesota State Patrol closed several highways in northwestern parts of the state because of nearly zero-visibility and hazardous road condition. Among the closed were Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Alexandria and Highway 10 from Moorhead to Audubon and Highway 210 from Brekenridge to Fergus Falls. The Minnesota State Patrol reported, across the state, it handled 239 crashes with 32 injured individuals but none with serious or fatal injuries, along with two jack-knifed semitrailers.
The Brainerd police scanner noted the morning flight leaving the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport at 7:30 a.m. Monday was canceled. The Wadena-Deer Creek School canceled Monday school and preschool. More area school late starts and closings click here.