Travel in much of the upper Midwest will remain hazardous today as the snow and high winds will continue until this evening. A massive storm system hit the Upper Midwest yesterday with record low atmospheric pressure in Minnesota. As the system moves off to the northeast and into Canada, it will start to weaken throughout the day. Last night as the storm was at it’s peak intensity in central Minnesota, the winds gusted up to 60 miles per hour with sustained winds in the upper 30s to lower 40s mph, which is in the tropical storm force range.
As the storm was hitting the area after dark last night, I started out shooting footage in the Saint Cloud, MN area. In the video that I shot for this story, you can see the aftermath of a semi truck that was blown over and blocking both westbound lanes of traffic in Interstate 94.
After documenting the wreck on I-94 in Saint Cloud, MN I continued up I-94 to Fergus Falls to check out the winter storm and the snow accumulations which were from 2 inches to almost a foot or more depending on the location and drifting from the high winds. Over all I would have to say about a four to six inches of heavy wet snow fell around the Fergus Falls, MN area.
The snow did catch several drivers off guard and in the video; it shows various drivers stuck in the snow covered roads or in the ditches along I-94.
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