Families in the Brainerd lakes area and beyond hopefully were able to dig out of the snow Wednesday, Nov. 27, to be able to travel to their destinations for Thanksgiving Day.
Residents saw as little as 2 inches of snow in Nisswa to as much as 11 inches in New Prague from the snowfall that began to fall Tuesday night and tapered off Wednesday morning. Most of the state saw about 5 inches of snow, with the Twin Cities metro area seeing a bit more with about 8 inches. The snowfall helped set a record for the all-time wettest year recorded at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, the weather service reported. A total of 40.81 inches of precipitation has been recorded so far in 2019. The previous record was 40.32 inches set in 2016.
Emergency responders were busy as the storm ramped up. The Minnesota State Patrol reported between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday statewide, its state troopers responded to 367 crashes — 25 of which involved injuries — along with 480 spinouts/vehicles off the road and 25 jackknifed semitractor-trailers. No fatalities were reported by the state patrol, however.
While giving thanks for their friends and families Thursday residents also may want to be thankful for shovels and snowplows, as they most likely will need them again soon.
Lead Meteorologist Linda Engebretson of the National Weather Service in Duluth said another system is coming Friday night into Saturday. Engebretson said it is too early to tell how much snow the Brainerd lakes area will get with this storm, but it may be significant and what she called “plowable snow.”
“This storm will be more than just shoveling the sidewalk,” she said.
A dusting of snow is in the forecast before 5 p.m. Friday in the Brainerd area, with a possibility of it mixing with freezing rain. The chance of precipitation is 60% during the day and it goes up to 90% at night. Snow Saturday will be heavy at times, with a high near 34 degrees.
Engebretson said when it gets closer to Friday and Saturday the weather service will then have a better idea of what the storm will do.
Area snow totals
North of Isle and Malmo, 5.7 inches.
Just south of Little Falls, 5 inches.
Oak Lawn Township, east of Brainerd, 4.8 inches.
Mission Township, 4.3 inches.
Just north of Pillager, 3 inches.
Just north of Pequot Lakes, 3 inches.
Nisswa, 2 inches.
Regional snow totals
Cornucopia, Wisconsin, 10 inches.
Gile, Wisconsin, 12 inches.
New Prague, 11 inches.
Rockville, 10 inches.
Savage and Minnetonka, 9.5 inches.
Just north of Mahtowa, 8.9 inches.
Buffalo, 8.5 inches.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, 8.3 inches.
North of Cloquet, 7.5 inches.
Mankato, 7 inches.
St. Cloud Airport, 6.5 inches.
Rochester, 6.3 inches.
Owatonna, 5.9 inches.
North of Moose Lake, 5.6 inches.
Duluth totals ranged from 5.5 to 8.5 inches.
Willmar and Marshall, both 4 inches.