Massive Spring Snowstorm Dumps 19 Inches in Isanti

Updated: 04/17/2014 7:54 PM By: Jennie Olson

Minnesota grilling.
Minnesota grilling.
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Photo: AP/Paul Sancya

'Angela K' on Lake Pepin
'Angela K' on Lake Pepin
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Ashby, Minnesota
Ashby, Minnesota
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Just when you thought we might have turned the corner on winter-like weather, a snowstorm arrived and dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin again.

Morning Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow says just 0.3 inches of snow fell in the Twin Cities metro, but much more fell to the north; the jackpot was Isanti with 19 inches.

The National Weather Service reported nearly 15 inches of snow in Milaca, 14 inches in St. Francis and more than 10 inches in Pine City.
The heavy snow stretched more than 100 miles in a band from central Minnesota into northwestern Wisconsin. The weather service reports 13.5 inches near Grantsburg, Wis., almost 11 inches in Spooner, Wis., and 10 inches near Hayward, Wis.

Check the latest snowfall totals here.

The snow postponed spring baseball, with the Twins rescheduling Wednesday night's game against the Blue Jays for 6:10 p.m. Thursday, as a split day-night doubleheader.

High school sports were also impacted in some parts of the state. At Monticello High School, activities secretary Sherry Holmgren was busy answering phones, while activities director Gary Revenig was in his office crossing off games.

"Today we had two golf invites that our teams are participating in that were canceled obviously due to the snow. And then tomorrow we have all our sports playing, and it looks like we'll be canceling everything," Revenig said.

Amber Seidenkranz, who runs track, says the team is in the pool instead of outside.

"We have to keep training, so we're trying to get in everything we can to cross-train," Seidenkranz said.

The snow is also causing messy conditions on Minnesota roads, especially in Central Minnesota. As of 3:45 p.m. Thursday, state troopers had responded to 137 crashes and 157 vehicles off of roadways. Twenty of the crashes resulted in injuries and two were deadly. One person died after a crash involving two semis in Clay County Wednesday morning. Officials say roads were icy at the time of the crash.

In Isanti County, deputies say 85-year-old Eleanor Lindhal died after her car spun out of control and hit a jeep. The other driver was hurt but is expected to be okay.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said they were prepared, with full crews out. Since the pavement is warm, the salt they put down will work better, according to MnDOT.

Snow is creating a slow drive Thursday morning. Meteorologist Dave Dahl is giving the commute a 7 out of 10 for the "Hassle Factor."

A number of schools will be closed or two hours late Thursday. See the list here.

Meanwhile, there are signs of spring in parts of the state. The 2014 shipping season officially began on Lake Pepin Wednesday morning when the Angela K cruised through.

On Thursday, the sun will be back, but so will the cool temperatures as afternoon temps barely get back to 40.

Dave says the warming begins soon, and 50s will arrive just in time for the weekend. Saturday showers will give way to some sun later in the day. Easter Sunday will be the better of the two days; after some morning showers, the sky will slowly clear.