MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A fierce storm produced more than a foot of snow in some parts of Minnesota early Friday, where authorities advised against travel and schools closed, once again, during the long, grueling winter.
The heavy, wet snow and strong winds have knocked down power lines, leaving thousands of residents without service. Xcel Energy said it was working Friday morning to restore power to nearly 14,000 customers in Minnesota. Utility crews worked through the night in adverse conditions.
Schools closed in the state's three largest districts — Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The Minnesota State Patrol closed southbound I-35 from Owatonna to the Iowa border shortly after 1 a.m. Friday because of numerous accidents and stranded vehicles. Troopers dealt with scores of accidents, including one deadly collision in Wabasha County. The driver of a van was killed in a crash with a semi on ice-covered Highway 42.
A no-travel advisory remains in effect for all of southeastern Minnesota because of blowing snow, icy patches and reduced visibility.
In northeastern Minnesota, the National Weather Service reported 14½ inches of snow had fallen by Friday morning in Alborn, 13 inches in Twig and 11 inches in Proctor.
A blizzard warning issued by the weather service remained in effect until noon for southern Minnesota.