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April Snow in Minnesota

Minnesota, USA
Heavy snowfall in Pelican Rapids caused the cancellation of school. Photo by- Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

Up north, it doesn't look much like spring, after more than 2 feet of wet snow fell over the weekend.
Story: Monday was going to be the day the Virginia, Minn., high school golf team practiced outside for the first time this year. But it's going to be tough putting for a while around Virginia and much of northern Minnesota, where more than 2 feet of wet snow over the weekend has smothered hopes of spring's return. Virginia reported 32 inches of new snow since Saturday night. More than 2 feet was reported from Babbitt to Grand Rapids, the length of the Iron Range. To the west, Park Rapids and Bemidji got about 20 inches. Dropped by a slow-moving low pressure system that drew moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and mixed it with cold air, the snowfall in many places exceeded the Twin Cities' single-storm record of 28.4 inches, set by the 1991 Halloween blizzard. But it did not threaten the state's single April day snowfall record of 28 inches set at the Pigeon River Bridge at the Canadian border on April 5, 1933. The storm's snow-to-water ratio of about 10 to 1 was very heavy for Minnesota, where the ratios can run up to 30 to 1 or more, in colder weather. But the moisture should be welcome in much of north central Minnesota, where two years of dryness had continued through the winter. More snow, possibly up to 12 more inches, is expected Thursday and Friday.

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