Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Late Winter Storm Targets the Brainerd Lakes

The Brainerd Lakes Area is under a Winter Storm Warning until 7 am Wednesday. Meteorologist Tony Schumacher says the snow could have been deeper. However, part of the storm was side-tracked by another system moving through Iowa. However, he is still expecting a major storm. Five to 9 inches of snow is predicted. Strong winds are expected to cause blowing and drifting and dangerous wind chills in the range of 25 to 35 below.
Tom Wyrk, Maintenance Supervisor for the Brainerd office of MN-Dot, says his crews are planning to work around the clock. He warns motorists that in heavy blowing snow, the plows will be difficult to see.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl says we have received fair warning on this storm, and is asking motorists to exercise good judgement.
There have already been numerous accidents around the lakes this morning from light freezing mist. A string of cars spun into the ditch 10 miles north of Little Falls on Highway 371.

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