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Associated Press, Published February 10 2010

Winter storm tapers off in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – A slow-moving snowstorm is heading out of Minnesota after dumping nearly a foot of snow in western and central parts of the state. At least two traffic deaths are blamed on the storm.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Griesinger said Tuesday that except for the southeastern corner of Minnesota, the snow was tapering off.

Since Sunday night, 11 inches of snow had fallen in Glenwood and 10.5 inches in Litchfield. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen reports 10.4 inches.

The State Patrol reported an 18-year-old Eagle Lake man was struck and killed Sunday after he got out of his vehicle when it went off Interstate 94 near Dalton. In northeastern Minnesota, one person was killed in a rollover on icy Highway 61.

WCCO-AM reported that about 140 Minnesota school districts started late or closed Tuesday.

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