Storm drops 17.8 inches over Marshall, weather service says

MARSHALL — The weekend storm dropped a record 17.8 inches of snow on the Marshall area, which blew away the previous record of 14 inches set April 11, 2013.

The snowfall had closed several major highways until nearly noon Sunday.

“It came in as predicted,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Kerry Hanko said. “It was expected to be the largest and most powerful storm, but came in a little slower than expected. It’s safe to say we shattered snowfall records for April 14.”

Hanko added 19 inches were recorded in both Canby and Lake Wilson.

“The snow was widespread and heavy,” she said.

While the snow ended by Sunday morning, it took most of day to clear out the snow and get traffic going again. The winter weather advisory continued until 7 p.m. Sunday evening.

Freezing rain on Friday caused several accidents, Marshall Police said.

Out on the highways, the Minnesota State Patrol recorded on accident involving two vehicles. At approximately 8:06 a.m. Friday, a 2001 Chrysler LHS Sedan collided with a 2009 Chevrolet Impala near the intersection of Highway 75 and 141st Street, Pipestone County.

The Chrysler was northbound on Highway 75 when the vehicle lost control on the slippery road and collided with the southbound Impala. Both vehicles’ airbags deployed. Both drivers wore seatbelts.

The driver in the Chrysler was Brandy Kaye Morris, 43, of Lake Benton. Morris was transported to Pipestone County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The Chevrolet was driven by an unnamed 16-year-old female who did not require transportation to the medical center.

When needed in the future, the public can view winter road conditions from plow cameras available through the 511mn.org website prior to going out on the roads, MnDOT said. Please note that not all plows have cameras. Road conditions on major highways can also be viewed through the Road Weather Information System (RWIS), which is also part of 511.

“These are fixed cameras at 91 locations across the state that show live rotating photos,” said Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt Director of Public Engagement, District 8. “While the RWIS cameras show a small area of the road, the plow cameras show real-time road conditions as snowplows plow their routes.”

MnDOT would like to remind motorists to:

Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.

Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.

Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.

Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.

Slow down and use your head lights. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.

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