February delivers half of this winter’s snow in St. Cloud

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Heavy snow falls on cars parked in the lot at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon, Feb. 24, in St. Cloud.(Photo: Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloudtimes.com)Buy Photo

Minnesota is digging out after Saturday’s snowstorm dropped 6 inches of snow on top of the almost five inches that fell earlier in the week.

According to the National Weather Service, the 16.1 inches of snow so far in February is almost half of the 32.5 inches of snow received this winter in St. Cloud.

The next chance for snow will be Thursday morning.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported 219 crashes statewide from Saturday morning through 11 a.m. Sunday. The only fatal accident killed 77-year-old James Demarais, of Foley, just east of Foley on Minnesota 23. 

Of those 219 crashes, 27 resulted in injuries, but none were serious. The patrol also reported 307 vehicle spinouts or off the road. 

Heavy snow began falling at midafternoon Saturday, reducing visibility and piling up quickly on roads. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported that most roads in the state were either partially or completely snow-covered at 9 p.m. 

The western Twin Cities was hit the hardest by the storm. The Weather Service says Plymouth and Maple Plain recorded 6½ inches of snow. Maple Grove and Golden Valley came in at 6 inches.

The storm did break a record, though. The National Weather Service says 6 inches of snow fell Saturday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which is the most ever recorded there for Feb. 24. The previous snowfall record for that date was 4.8 inches in 2007.

The National Weather Service predicts a high of 29 degrees and breezy on Sunday, with clouds decreasing. Winds will 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Sunday night’s low was expected to be around 12 degrees.

St. Cloud State University meteorologist Bob Weisman reports slightly colder air will move in for Tuesday, but temperatures will still be in the seasonable range of upper 20s to near 30.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

 

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