Most Minnesotans are waking up to a winter wonderland Wednesday as the first major snowstorm of the season left measurable snow in many parts of the state.
The snowstorm rolled into the state Tuesday afternoon and continued into the overnight hours. Southwestern Minnesota was hit the hardest, as totals ended up being greater than forecasters had expected.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that Pipestone was blanketed with the highest amount, as 10 inches of snow reportedly fell west of town.
According to the National Weather Service, 8.5 inches of snow fell near Marshall. Eight inches of snow was reported near Holland, in southwestern Minnesota. In central Minnesota, 3.5 inches of snow was reported near Kingston, while nearly 3 inches fell near Darwin.
Less than an inch of snow was recorded at the St. Cloud Airport, the NWS says.
The Twin Cities metro, meanwhile, escaped heavier totals, as most areas received about 2 inches of snow, the Star Tribune reports.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation tweeted about 4 a.m. Wednesday that metro roads were wet, but with no accumulation of snow. Still, MnDOT cautions drivers to slow down and drive according to road conditions.
Commuters in the metro area and greater Minnesota can monitor road conditions throughout the state on MnDOT's road traveler website.
No matter the totals, MnDOT is reminding drivers to practice safe winter driving habits and to make sure to give plow drivers plenty of room.
The snow in the Twin Cities area is expected to disappear quickly.
KARE 11 reports that due to warm ground temperatures in the metro area, most of the snow is gone already -- and whatever remains will melt throughout the day.
The sun is expected to come out by mid-morning and temperatures will reach about 40 degrees, the station says.
Too early for snow?
Snow in November isn’t an odd thing. The average Minnesotan shovels about 9 inches of snow every November.
The Star Tribune reports the average date for first measurable snowfall in Minnesota is Nov. 4.
Still, the snow may have come too soon for many in southern Minnesota. It was just over six months ago that the Minnesota State Climatology Office declared the 17.2 inches of snow that fell on Dodge Center, Minn., as the largest official 24-hour May snow accumulation in state history.