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Spring snow slows travel across region ahead of cooler week

Published 10:09am Monday, April 14, 2014

Maybe April really is the cruelest month.

After a taste of spring with high temperatures in the 50s and 60s most of last week, Sunday and Monday morning brought the area a step back toward winter.

It was a slippery drive to work in southeastern Minnesota, after a rainy Sunday turned wintry overnight, coating the area in a dusting of snow and ice.

While the Austin area only saw light snow, accumulations of up to 4 inches were reported in Winona, Preston and Rochester.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation listed Mower County roads as fair this morning, but several roads near Rochester and to the east, including Interstate 90 into Wisconsin, south were listed as having difficult driving conditions.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, the heaviest snow fell in central Wisconsin. More snow is in the forecast for central Minnesota, from Moorhead to St. Cloud, on Wednesday.

This week doesn’t look to be a vast improvement. Monday’s high is 36, Tuesday’s is 40 and a mixture of snow and rain is possible Wednesday through Saturday. However, highs could return to the low 60s on Sunday, which is Easter.

—The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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