Isolated snow totals blow away forecast, some schools closed in southwest Minnesota

1-2 inches was forecast, but some locations tripled that total overnight.
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The view from a plow camera southeast of Canby around 6:45 a.m. Friday. 

The view from a plow camera southeast of Canby around 6:45 a.m. Friday. 

Around an inch of snow was forecast to fall in parts of southwest Minnesota overnight, but that number was blown away in isolated locations where heavy snow resulted in as much as 6.5 inches. 

FOX 9 meteorologist Cody Matz tweeted a photo from a viewer and said 6.5 inches was the approximate total in the Canby area. Just southeast of Canby, a storm report of 5.2 inches was reported in Minneota. 

To the west of Canby across the state line in South Dakota, reports of 4 and 4.5 inches of snow fell in Watertown. That goes in line with what Matz describes in his tweet, saying a very narrow band of heavy snow is the reason for the high totals. 

There was enough snow to prompt at least three school closings: Canby Schools, Lakeview Public Schools, and Minneota Public Schools. Other area schools were delayed two hours. 

The snowfall forecast issued at 2:30 a.m. by the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service called for 1-2 inches in parts of southwest and south-central Minnesota, with most places getting less than an inch. The isolated reports certainly blew away the forecast, but the weather service was spot-on in Mankato, where a report at 4:45 a.m. said 1.8 inches had fallen. 


The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, which covers far southwestern Minnesota, wrote on social media Thursday night that "Amounts are expected to remain less than an inch."

One commenter on the NWS Facebook page responded: "Missed that forecast [SIC] by 8 inches." 

The snow has also caused problems on the roads in many places, including I-94 eastbound near St. Cloud, where an early morning crash shut down the eastbound lanes for a short period. This is what I-94 east of St. Cloud looked like at 7:37 a.m. 

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As of 8 a.m. a heavier area of snow was just west of the Twin Cities metro area and slowly moving to the east. 

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