Snow whoa! Spring storm wallops central Minnesota; 19 inches in Isanti


How much snow did we get? Check your yard – and then check the yard across the street.

Snow totals from a powerful April storm varied widely across Minnesota, even from one neighboring town to the next. Some places got a foot or more, others just a trace.

Isanti, just 40 miles north of Minneapolis, may have gotten the most snow of any Minnesota town: 19 inches. But downtown Minneapolis got just 3.5 inches (officially, 0.3 at the airport), the National Weather Service says. (Snow photos from BringMeTheNews readers around the state here.)

Check out a few other tallies from the weather service's snow totals map, which include:

Rush City: 15.9 inches
Darwin: 14.8
Litchfield: 14
Stacy: 13
Rogers: 11.3
St. Cloud: 8.1
Coon Rapids: 7.8
Maple Grove: 7.5

Thursday's commute won't be fun for many drivers around the state. In the metro, many roads were slick or coated in icy, choppy slop.

Driving conditions vary widely, too. Road are difficult in points west and north of the metro and fair in the Twin Cities area, Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Gutknecht said.

In the early predawn hours Thursday, crashes were reported around the northern metro, including in Arden Hills, Brooklyn Park, Blaine, Oakdale and Shoreview, the Star Tribune reports.

Gutknecht urged caution for Thursday morning.

State troopers on Wednesday reported at least 137 crashes, 20 with injury, and 157 vehicles spun off the road through late afternoon.

Good news: Some of that frozen slush will melt today, with highs above freezing across the state, 39 in the metro, the National Weather Service says. But that warmup will happen after the morning commute, WCCO's Mike Augustyniak notes.

And it gets a lot better, with highs of about 66 forecast for Saturday and Sunday in the metro.

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