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Winter strikes again

Tuesday’s snowstorm closes area schools

Photo by Mike Lamb State Farm agent Christian Becker shows off his sidewalk shoveling technique outside his office on Main in Marshall on Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service was predicting 4 to 6 inches of snowfall for the day.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A storm expected to dump 10 inches of snow Tuesday in central Wisconsin and southern Minnesota was making April feel more like January.

Unrelenting snowfall fell all day and forced the closures of many schools.

Marshall, Lakeview, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton and several others skipped the decision to start school two hours late and called off all classes. Minnesota West Technical and Community College also bowed to the weather, calling off classes for the day. Southwest Minnesota State University canceled classes from noon on and also sent any non-weather related personnel home.

Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Gutknecht said travel will be difficult.

“The good news is that the temperatures will allow the salt to work. We are all ready for winter to be over, but it is not over yet. Drivers will have to slow down,” Gutknecht said.

The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for a large area stretching from southwestern Minnesota east through central Wisconsin and into northeastern Michigan.

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