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Ray Carlson shovels the walk in front of Aunt Belle’s Confectionary on Friday morning while snow continues falling. Schools closed and a statewide tornado drill was canceled as snowfall started around lunchtime Thursday. Several inches had accumulated by 8 a.m. Friday.1 / 2
Park Rapids public works staffers excavate Main Ave. Friday morning, the second consecutive day of winter weather after the spring thaw cleared most of the snow off the ground. (Photos by Robin Fish/Enterprise)2 / 2

A winter storm pummeling most of Minnesota, as well as South and North Dakota on Thursday, lead to multiple accidents and road closures.

Shortly after 4 p.m., a Laporte Public School bus slid into a ditch near Cass Lake. One student was sent to a nearby hospital, district staff confirmed to the Bemidji Pioneer.

Early, unofficial estimates report that 10 inches of snow fell in the Park Rapids area. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks anticipates additional accumulations through Friday afternoon, ranging from 1 to 3 inches in the valley with higher amounts in the Bemidji to Park Rapids to Detroit Lakes areas.

On Thursday night, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) issued a "no travel advisory" for north-central Minnesota, which included Hwy. 64 from Hwy. 200 to south of Akeley, Hwy. 71 from Bemidji to Menahga and Hwy. 371 from Cass Lake to Hackensack, due to dangerous driving conditions. The advisory was lifted early Friday morning, but MnDOT urged motorists to reduce speeds on snow- and ice-covered roads.

For Minnesota road conditions, visit www.511mn.org.