Sys­tem drops heavy snow, zaps mild temps in the Plains

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A win­try blast dropped heavy snow Fri­day in north­ern Plains states, in­clud­ing more than a foot in one north­ern Min­nesota county, and sent cars and semi­trail­ers into road­side ditches.

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

Along with heavy snow, the storm also ush­ered in howl­ing winds that made driv­ing dan­ger­ous and erased what had been al­most sum­mer-like tem­per­a­tures.

The Min­nesota Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion noted at least four jack­knifed semi­trail­ers along snow­cov­ered high­ways. The depart­ment’s web­site also ad­vised mo­torists not to travel on roads along a swath from south­west­ern to north­east­ern Min­nesota.

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