Storm dumps 6-8 inches

Published 5:44 am Monday, March 23, 2015

Winter isn’t over yet, it seems.

Despite spring officially starting last week, much of southeast Minnesota, including Austin, was buried under several inches of snow Sunday.

Austin received about 5.5 to 6 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service, while other areas received more. Grand Meadow, for example, got 8.5 inches of snow, while much of Olmsted County got at least 10 inches.

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“It’s all dependent on where you were under these snow bands,” NWS Meteorologist Dave Schmidt said. “Where these were set up, they really dumped in a hurry.”

Several area schools were late or closed today as a result of the snowstorm. LeRoy-Ostrander and Southland Public Schools were closed, while Austin, Blooming Prairie, Grand Meadow, Hayfield-Brownsdale and Lyle were two hours late.

After recent springlike weather, thework week looks to be cool and drab.  A mix of rain and snow are possible every day through Thursday. Highs will only reach about 35 Monday, 39 Tuesday, 43 Wednesday, 37 Thursday, 32 Friday and 43 Saturday, according to the weather service.


Sunday, however could reach 50, and extended forecasts show highs returning to the 50s next week.