New Ulm gets 6 1/2 inches of snow

New Ulm gets 6 1/2 inches of snow

NEW?ULM – New Ulm received 6 1/2 inches of snow Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

The most recent blast of the endless winter created another round of late starts for area schools, including New Ulm, Sleepy Eye and Redwood Area Schools.

The snowfall found residents reaching for shovels and snow blowers to clear sidewalks and alley ways. New Ulm declared a snow removal emergency for downtown streets.

More than 10 inches of snow fell in parts of southern Minnesota Tuesday afternoon, evening and early Wednesday morning.

Mapleton in Blue Earth County reported receiving 10 1/2 inches of snow while St. James reported 9 1/2 inches.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reported difficult driving conditions early Wednesday morning. Driving conditions improved to fair to good by Wednesday afternoon on most state and federal highways, according to MnDOT.

The Mankato State Patrol District reported 41 vehicles off the road, four property damage crashes, three of which were rollovers without injuries Wednesday morning. The Marshall District reported 14 vehicles off the road, eight property damage accidents, three of which were rollovers, and two injury crashes.

Temperatures across the state rose to the low to mid 20s Wednesday afternoon. But National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Borghoff says highs this time of year are supposed to be in the mid 30s, the Associated Press reported.

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