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Snowstorm cuts narrow path across central Minnesota, 9 inches in some areas


A late winter snowstorm, indeed. The one that's cut through the middle of Minnesota is lingering into the very last day of winter.

The National Weather Service says the storm is leaving a narrow band of heavy snow, especially in central and east central Minnesota as it passes into western Wisconsin overnight.

The Weather Service offers an interactive page with snowfall totals, but by evening there were reports of 9 inches in Stearns County and 6 to 8 in Carlton and Pine Counties.

An overnight winter storm warning extended from Granite Falls through St. Cloud into Pine City. The Weather Service says the brunt of the storm is passing into Wisconsin and more snow is likely on Lake Superior's south shore than on the north shore.

The St. Cloud Times reported that tow truck crews were already busy in the afternoon and the waiting time for a tow was more than half an hour.

State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow told the newspaper “Travel throughout that St. Cloud area remains very difficult. People are driving way too fast for the road conditions.” A portion of Interstate 94 at Opportunity Drive in St. Cloud was closed for about an hour at midday Tuesday.

Minnesota Public Radio meteorologist Paul Huttner was live blogging as the storm passed through the Twin Cities Tuesday evening.

The Twin Cities area is on the southeastern shoulder of the storm. At KSTP Dave Dahl was forecasting 3 to 6 inches of snow by Wednesday morning.

Belinda Jensen of KARE-11 was expecting overnight snowfall would total 1 to 4 inches.

No less an authority than the Old Farmer's Almanac tells us that the vernal equinox – i.e., the start of spring – arrives at 11:57 central time on Thursday.

Until then, Twitter is helping Minnesotans document winter's last blast.

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