Winter weather calls for extra caution on highways
Winter seems to have finally taken hold across the Upper Midwest this past week. We have had a few disturbances this winter, but for the most part it has been a quiet winter until this week with the mild temperatures and little snow for most of the season.
This past Monday, the region had a winter storm that dumped two to over five inches of snow in the area. The Park Rapids area received anywhere from two on up to three inches of snow. Bemidji received just over two inches of snow and Wadena reported three and a half inches of snow. Millerville, in Douglas County, however, reported the most around the state with five and a half inches of snow.
The winds along with freezing fog and some patchy freezing drizzle made the roadways very slick in the state. Unfortunately, three accidents Monday afternoon and evening in the state claimed six lives. It is a tough wake-up call for all of us to slow down and allow some extra time. Even an inch or two of snow can certainly cause travel difficulties.
These accidents hit many people very hard. I drove that stretch along I-94 back and forth during the school year from Willmar to Fargo-Moorhead as I attended Moorhead State University and one of my best friends attended NDSU. That could have easily been us on many occasions.
My heart aches for all of the families affected around the area.
More snow moved across the state on Thursday into Thursday evening. The majority of that snow impacted southern Minnesota, but some light snow fell across central and northern Minnesota as well.
Another weather disturbance, however, is expected Saturday night into Sunday and could bring additional moderate to at times heavy snow to parts of the Midwest. Some lingering light snow is possible even into Monday across parts of the state.
Please, please, please, do drive carefully and stay alert to changing weather conditions as most of us haven't had to deal with much snow this winter. For the latest on road conditions call 511.
Have a safe drive.
On this date in 1958 Park Rapids had a record high of 49 degrees. Many other records fell across the state.
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Monday: Partly to cloudy with a chance of lingering light snow early. High 19; Low 1. Winds: NW 10-15 mph. Precipitation: Trace - .10."
Sunrise: 7:08 a.m.
Sunset: 6 p.m.
Normal high: 30
Normal low: 10
Another weather disturbance will arrive Tuesday and could bring some flurries or light snow to the state.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, 20 percent chance of light snow. High 19; Low 1. Winds: NE at 5-15 mph. Precipitation: None.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and a bit warmer. High 27; Low 3. Winds: E/SE 10-15 mph. Precipitation: None.
Thursday: Becoming mostly cloudy, 20 percent chance of light snow. High 32; Low 12. Winds: SE 10-15 mph. Precipitation: Trace-.10."