Storm winds down; more snow possible Friday

Perhaps Old Man Winter heard us snickering about this year's "winter." The Leap Day Storm left a foot of snow across much of central Minnesota, knocked out power to many Minnesotans, closed schools, and left traffic accidents in its wake.
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As our biggest storm of the winter moves out of the region, the Weather Service reports another is following behind it. This system is not as strong, though, and looks like it will affect only the southeastern part of the state.

Snowfall totals were in the double digits across a swath of central Minnesota. Alexandria and Rush City had a foot of new snow on the ground by early afternoon. The Weather Service offers this handy map showing totals around the region.

Speaking of maps, Minnesota Power provides this overview of outages in northern Minnesota. In the Twin Cities area, Xcel Energy is hoping to have all power restored by Thursday morning.

The State Patrol had counted 160 accidents on Minnesota roads by late afternoon, most of them in the Twin Cities. There were 15 injuries, but thankfully no fatalities. Find the latest road conditions here.

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