Snow slams Hubbard County during Friday morning commute
In an endless winter, it seemed fitting that on Thursday, the first official day of spring, both the Park Rapids and Bemidji areas found themselves in a winter storm warning.
Thick snow, slush and lots of vehicles in the ditch greeted Hubbard County travelers Friday morning as dispatchers got swamped with calls for help and plows were slow in getting out.
Numerous car crashes were reported, according to the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks, N.D., a band of low pressure was forecast to move east, bringing with it rain and then snow to a large swath of northwest Minnesota, including Hubbard and Beltrami County, Park Rapids and Bemidji.
The winter storm warning runs from 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, the weather service said. A total of 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected, but some areas could see as much as 6 inches to a foot of new snow. Strong winds also could be a factor, creating areas of blowing snow that could make travel difficult.
The weather service said precipitation will most likely start out as rain and turn to snow, making driving conditions difficult. After the snow moves through, temperatures will remain cold for several few days into next week.