Winter Storm Dumps Record Snow on Rochester
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The winter storm that hit southeast Minnesota Friday produced snow that was on the lighter side of forecasts, although it was enough to break a 75-year-old record in Rochester.
Snowfall reports to the National Weather Service indicate 3 - 4 inches fell in most areas. The highest report came from Hayfield in Dodge County at 5.7 inches.
The official total at the Rochester airport through midnight was 4.2 inches. The previous record for Jan. 17 was 3.5 inches in 1945.
Snow tapered off Friday evening but roads were still snow-covered in most parts of SE Minnesota as of 6:30 AM Saturday
Up next - very frigid and windy weather.
The NWS says strong and gusty winds will produce blowing and drifting snow in open areas. Winds may gust up to 45 mph and “travel will be impacted with these strong winds and untreated roadways from snow and freezing drizzle.” Winds will diminish Saturday evening.
Temperatures are going to be well below average the next few days. Overnight lows the next three nights will drop below zero and highs will only reach the single digits Sunday and Monday. And then - above average temperatures will return by the middle of next week with highs in the 30s Wednesday - Friday.