Surprise storm socks southeast Minnesota


The size of a snowstorm that hit southeast Minnesota overnight caught forecasters by surprise. Schools were closed or delayed and roads were treacherous there Monday morning.

Weather conditions changed quickly over the weekend and more snow fell than expected, the Rochester Post Bulletin reported.

As of 6:30 a.m., about 8 inches of snow had fallen in Albert Lea, and almost 7 inches in Rochester, the Post Bulletin reported.

Some areas, including Cummingsville and Spring Valley, got as much as 10 inches, the Associated Press reported.

Rochester schools were closed. The newspaper had a list of closings and delays. Some roads had ice under the snow because of rain Sunday, and driving was difficult.

A bit more snow was expected at least through noon Monday, the newspaper reported. Forecasters said snow was falling at a rate of 1 inch per hour in some areas Sunday night, the Post Bulletin reported. Flood warnings were in effect west of Red Wing and north of Mankato, the newspaper reported.

The storm just missed the metro, KSTP reported. Several inches of snow fell south and southeast of the Twin Cities, and bits of the metro got a dusting, KARE 11 reported.

WCCO reports Minnesota is just about the last cold spot in the nation on Monday (it was 63 in Washington, D.C. on Sunday; 64 in Detroit; and 46 in Calgary). Highs will be in the 20s for most of the state Monday, WCCO says.

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