Minnesotans Shoveling Out After Spring Snowstorm

Updated: 04/17/2014 2:48 PM
Created: 04/17/2014 1:09 PM
By: Katherine Johnson

Instead of enjoying a sunny spring day, Minnesotans across the state are stuck digging out from this week's snowstorm.

Morning Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow says just 0.3 inches of snow fell in the Twin Cities metro, but much more fell to the north; the jackpot was Isanti with 19 inches.

The National Weather Service reported nearly 15 inches of snow in Milaca, 14 inches in St. Francis and more than 10 inches in Pine City.
The heavy snow stretched more than 100 miles in a band from central Minnesota into northwestern Wisconsin. The weather service reports 13.5 inches near Grantsburg, Wis., almost 11 inches in Spooner, Wis., and 10 inches near Hayward, Wis.

Check the latest snowfall totals here.

The soggy snow fell quickly overnight in Chisago County, causing some businesses an unexpected spring headache.

Workers at the Ford dealership in North Branch spent the day digging more than 100 cars out of about a foot of snow.

It's not the spring day manager Bill Young had in mind. He thought he'd be holding a golf club by now, not a shovel.

"You don't have much choice," he said. "You have to move the snow so that you can show people the cars and be open for business again so we're just kind of stuck. Just like you would be in your driveway to get to work in the morning, we have to get the snow off the cars so we can show them."

Young and his hard working crew were only about halfway done by noon. He estimated they'll be shoveling snow from the lot until about 6 p.m. Thursday.

The snow even postponed spring baseball, with the Twins rescheduling Wednesday night's game against the Blue Jays for 6:10 p.m. Thursday, as a split day-night doubleheader.

High school sports were also impacted in some parts of the state. meteorologist Dave Dahl says the warming begins soon, and 50s will arrive just in time for the weekend.

Saturday showers will give way to some sun later in the day. Easter Sunday will be the better of the two days; after some morning showers, the sky will slowly clear.

Photo courtesy Minnesota Twins

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