NEW INFORMATION: Storm dumps foot of snow in northern Minnesota

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DALTON, Minn. (AP) -- Snow is falling rapidly in northern Minnesota, where more than a foot has fallen in the first major wintry blast of the season.

A spotter for the National Weather Service reports nearly 14 inches of snow fell at a location in Cass County by early Friday afternoon. In Itasca County, an observer reports a foot of snow near Coleraine, with 5 inches falling in less than two hours.

Meteorologist Amanda Graning of the National Weather Service in Duluth says some areas in northern Minnesota could see up to 2 feet of snow before the heavy band starts dissipating Friday evening.


DALTON, Minn. (AP) -- Transportation officials say a wintry storm that swept the northern Plains states Friday has sent cars and semitrailers into ditches along Interstate 94 in western Minnesota.

Jerimiah Moerke with the Minnesota Department of Transportation tells the Fergus Falls Daily Journal that snow and high winds have made it difficult for vehicles -- especially big rigs -- to get up hills on the interstate around Dalton. Officials say at least one semitrailer jackknifed on I-94 between Fergus Falls and Evansville.

Minnesota State Patrol trooper Jesse Grabow says low visibility, ice, snow and slush are the main causes for crashes and spin outs on the interstate.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dozens of schools in Minnesota have canceled classes in anticipation of the first significant wintry blast of the season.

Forecasters predict blizzard conditions beginning Friday across central Minnesota where 6 to 12 inches of snow could accumulate by nightfall. Winds of 50 to 60 mph are expected to make travel very difficult.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Friday in eastern parts of North and South Dakota and western Minnesota, as well as winter storm warnings for other parts of those states and Nebraska.



 
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