Spring officially arrives at 11:57 a.m. Thursday, and not a moment too soon – a late-season storm has dumped snow across much of winter-weary Minnesota, varying from 2 to 4 inches in the Twin Cities to 9.5 in Collegeville; 9 inches in Avon and 8 inches in Little Falls, by one National Weather Service count.
Minnesota's mid-section and northeastern stretches took the biggest hits. Ogilvie, roughly 70 miles north of the Twin Cities, recorded 10 inches of snow and Isanti had 8 inches as of 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a National Weather Service interactive snow totals map.
Light snow fell overnight in the metro and is expected to continue sporadically Wednesday morning, the Star Tribune reports.
Road crews were out overnight in many areas plowing, sanding and salting. Roads at 5 a.m. were reported as fair in the Twin Cities, but "difficult" in points west and southwest of the metro, including around Mankato, Marshall, Pipestone, Willmar and Little Falls, MPR News reports.
The storm created some dangerous driving conditions Tuesday and state troopers implored motorists to slow down. A 57-year-old Litchfield woman was rescued from her overturned truck in a ditch filled with icy water near Hutchinson Tuesday night.
Icy conditions contributed to a fatal crash in Carver County, WCCO reported.
Road conditions deteriorated as snow swept across the state throughout the day Tuesday. A 5 p.m. snow tally from the National Weather Service: