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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published April 18 2014

Weather Talk: Snow depths varied widely in central Minnesota storm

Wednesday’s snowstorm across central Minnesota produced a remarkable snow total gradient in the Twin Cities area. Extremely heavy snow fell north and northwest of Minneapolis, with many areas reporting well over a foot.

North Branch got 20 inches and Isanti got 19 inches. Monticello and Big Lake got 14.6 and 14.5 inches, respectively. In northwest Hennepin County, Rogers got 12.7 inches. But downtown Minneapolis only got 3.5 inches and the airport got just 0.3 of an inch.

The storm generated a heavy band of precipitation oriented southwest to northeast through the Twin Cities metro area, but on the southern and eastern parts of the area, most of it fell as rain. Where it was just cold enough for snow, the snow fell heavily, often at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour. The snow fell most of the day Thursday, continuing into Thursday night.

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