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A hit and miss storm across the state

Posted at 8:20 AM on February 29, 2012 by Jon Gordon
Filed under: Weather

From MPR News reporter Tom Robertson:

Much of Minnesota was hit by a major winter storm overnight. The hardest hit area stretches from north of the Twin Cities into central and eastern Minnesota.

Frank Bonsante, a Minnesota State Patrol dispatcher in the agency's Brainerd District, said many schools and businesses are closed and he's advising people to stay off the roads if they can.

"We got about five to six inches of snow," Bonsante said. "Plows have been out since about 12 o'clock this morning, and blowing snow, anywhere from two to three foot drifts at times. And the other blast, they say of five to six inches, coming this afternoon. DOT is advising no travel as of right now."

The storm missed some parts of northern Minnesota. The Bemidji region was expecting a half a foot, but as of this morning got none.

More snow is expected to fall into this afternoon across the region.


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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.