More wind, more school closings

NEW?ULM – Thursday’s weather produced another round of blizzard conditions in southern Minnesota.

Many area schools closed for the day or sent the students home early. District 88 dismissed students in the early afternoon.

Wind gust speeds in the 45-50 mph range were reported in New Ulm.

During the evening hours, law enforcement officers were reporting extremely poor visibility between New Ulm and Sleepy Eye on Highway 14. There were reports of serveral vehicles going into the ditch and needing a tow.

Forecasters predicted a sunny day today with highs around 10 and some winds. Temperatures were expected to rise during the evening hours.

Meanwhile, northwestern Minnesota experienced white-out conditions and closed highways on Thursday. Dozens of schools closed, according to the Associated Press.

A blizzard swept through parts of the Dakotas on Thursday. The system that moved in from Canada brought only about an inch of snow, but winds gusting to 70 mph created white-out conditions.

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