System drops heavy snow, zaps mild temps in the Plains
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.