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Snowstorm finally stops, giving area residents a break: Snow totals over a foot reported

With Paul Bunyan waving in the background, Mark Morris clears the sidewalk Monday at the Highway 371 Welcome Center south of Brainerd. High winds whipped the fresh snow around the building and the parking lot. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd lakes area residents who didn't like the recent snowfall will be pleased to hear the rest of the week appears to be mainly snow-free.

Snowfall began late Sunday night and didn't stop until early Tuesday morning, dropping over a foot in some cities in the lakes area. Residents Tuesday were still digging themselves out of their driveways and snowplow drivers continued to clean up the roadways after Mother Nature pounded most of the state with snow.

The National Weather Service in Duluth reported snowfall totals of 13 inches in Shephard, an unincorporated community in Daggett Brook Township in Crow Wing County, located between Brainerd and Pierz; 10.5 inches, 1 mile northwest of Fort Ripley; 8.5 inches, 3 miles north of Brainerd; 8 inches in Breezy Point; 6 inches in Walker; 5.5 inches in Tamarack; 5.2 inches at the Crosslake Dam; 4.2 inches, 7 miles north of McGregor; and 4.1 inches in East Gull Lake.

Other NWS snowfall totals—in the 24 hours leading up to 6 a.m. Tuesday—showed 5.3 inches at the Brainerd water plant with a snow depth of 17 inches; 3.2 inches at the Pine River Dam with a snow depth of 15 inches; 5.3 inches in Isle with a snow depth of 9 inches; and Cass Lake with 4 inches with a snow depth of 17 inches.

Snowfall was not the only issue Monday, as the wind conditions remained strong most of the day. Bryan Howell, meteorologist intern with the NWS in Duluth said the strongest wind was reported just after 2 p.m. Monday with gusts at 41 mph.

But the snow and wind stopped and the sun came out Tuesday, giving residents a break from the white stuff. The NWS predicted mostly sunny or partly cloudy skies for the rest of the week in the lakes area. Temperatures will range from 27 to 40 degrees this week, with a chance of snow showers Friday night after midnight. There is another chance of snow showers before 3 p.m. Saturday, then a chance of rain and snow showers after 3 p.m. The high on Sunday should reach 38.

Howell said snow showers Friday and Saturday are anticipated to be light in Brainerd. The heavier part of the snowstorm appears to be developing mainly in northern Wisconsin.

High temperatures in the lakes area should range just below freezing to just above and should drop at night, with lows in the single digits through Thursday night. The temperatures overnight are expected to be in the upper-teens through the weekend. The normal high this time of year is 34 degrees. By early next, week highs are expected to reach 40 degrees.