It was a “Double Whammy” snowstorm

Posted December 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm

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First wave hit Friday afternoon, followed by a heavier wave Saturday evening

Tom Merchant

Sentinel Tribune

Special — The latter part of the week weather forecasters were calling for two snow events for the weekend with the second snow predicted to have blizzard conditions for the central part of the state. Well, as often is the case, they were wrong both about the location and the intensity of the second wave.

The first wave of snow came to the area in a modest two inch or so snowfall, early Friday evening. This event caused few problems except for people that had not put their winter driving skills in gear.

The second wave came in Saturday night. Again this area dodged a bullet receiving only three or four inches without any wind overnight. But then early Sunday afternoon the wind picked up and the temperatures dropped very quickly into the single digits by evening.

The winds blew most of the afternoon and early evening from 20 to 30 miles an hour with gusts up to 40 miles an hour. Even though the snow had subsided by late afternoon, the winds made driving very hazardous especially in the open areas.

By midnight the winds calmed down and area residents began digging out Monday morning. But as storms go, this area was very fortunate to only get a total of five to six inches of snow, with some what minor drifting.

Areas farther north — like Marshall, Willmar, Redwood Falls and the Metro area north, received anywhere from eight to 15 inches of the heavy white stuff. However the Metro area was spared the wind and blizzard conditions.

For snow lovers this is just what the doctor ordered, but for a lot of people this is enough for a while.