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Wednesday's Area Weather: A chilly beginning to 2010

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The Christmas weather wasn't what most of us wanted for traveling. I talked to many people who didn't travel as they had wanted to over the Christmas holiday. Heavy snow and even some freezing mist or drizzle caused the roads to be difficult to travel on from Dec. 23-26.

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Snowfall totals ranged from 10" in Morris, 24.2" in Duluth, Chaska 17", Morgan 16", Olivia 15.7", Willmar 13.8", Redwood Falls 13.2", Cold Spring 12.6", Melrose 12", Albany 12", Marshall 12", Alexandria 11", Little Falls 11", Fergus Falls 10" and Glenwood 10".

Things finally quieted down by Sunday after a nearly four-day snow event. There were reports of numerous accidents around the state. In St. Cloud, 12.7" of snow fell during this snowstorm. So far St. Cloud reports 18.2" of snow in December.

This is the sixth snowiest December on record, with still a chance of more snow before Thursday. However, it doesn't look like any great chances for snow the rest of the month. We could see a few flurries possibly on Thursday.

I don't think many of us will mind if the New Year is quieter than our Christmas! Be safe and have a great New Year!

WEATHER HISTORY

In 2005 a large swath of snow fell in the 6- to 8-inch range from approximately north of a line from Madison to Redwood Falls, to Glencoe to Chanhassen, and to Andover to Woodbury. Even heavier snowfall occurred west of a line from Granite Falls to Willmar where reports of between 8 to 11 inches were reported. In addition, in the Willmar area several vehicles were reported in the ditch. A semi-truck also rolled onto its side.

WEATHER FACTS

Blue Canyon, California receives on average nearly 241 inches of snow annually and is the snowiest place in the U.S.

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AT A GLANCE

Moorhead...Low 9 ... High 16

Duluth...Low 6... High 20

Morris...Low 9...High 18

Twin Cities...Low 13...High 27

Rochester...Low 14...High 23

Marshall...Low...13...High 23

WEDNESDAY

Partly cloudy. High 18 Low 3 Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. None

Wednesday's sunrise: 8:03 am. Sunset: 4:45 p.m.

Normal High: 18 Normal Low: 0.

High pressure will keep our weather in check Wednesday.

OUTLOOK

•Thursday: Partly cloudy, a few flurries are possible. High 8 Low -7 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace

•Friday: Partly cloudy. High 6 Low -10 Winds: NW 15-20 mph Prec. None

•Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 11 Low 1 Winds: NW 10-20 mph Prec. None

•Sunday: Mostly cloudy, flurries possible. High 14 Low 4 Winds: NW 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.05"

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