Main Street cleanup

Snowy winter weather pattern follows Highway 23

Photo by Mike Lamb Cami Nichols works to clear off the sidewalks outside a downtown shop on Main Street in Marshall Friday morning.

MARSHALL — After shoveling out from under the 5-1/2 inches of fresh snow that fell on the Marshall area Thursday night, residents are faced with another storm front moving in today.

Thursday night’s snowfall was the highest yet this winter, National Weather Service (NWS) technician Tim Masters said Friday.

In Marshall, the snowstorm caused a few accidents in town Thursday, with several occurring between 3 and 4 p.m. The Marshall Police Department reported property damage accidents at the intersections of Clarice Avenue and Minnesota Highway 23; East Main Street and Highway 23; and East College Drive and South Bruce Street. One property damage accident was reported at the intersection of Highway 23 and U.S. Highway 59 at 7:30 p.m.

Marshall Police also reported another weather-related accident Friday morning in the area near Applebee’s. A vehicle slid into the ditch but was able to get back out before law enforcement arrived, Police said.

The weather curtain for the weekend seems to be following Highway 23 all the way from the tri-state border in the south to Grand Rapids and beyond. The west side of the line is predicted to receive 3-6 inches of snow this weekend, while the east side of the line could range 6-8 inches.

The winter weather advisory for today issued by the NWS in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, indicates that the snow storm will last the entire day and into the evening, with temperatures reaching a high of about 24. The low is predicted to be 16.

“Winds will gust from 5 to 15 mph throughout the weekend,” Masters said.

Sunday’s temperatures are predicted to reach 30-31 degrees, he said.

The NWS website predicts humidity level of 75 percent today and the dew point at 19 degrees. Visibility will be curtailed by the 90 percent chance of heavy snow.

Sunday is looking to be mostly sunny during the day and mostly clear at night, with clouds building again throughout Monday and Tuesday. The highs are expected to be into the low 30s and the lows around 16-17 degrees, NWS said.

Deb Gau contributed to this story