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When will winter ever end?

April snowstorms bring fears of late spring flooding

April 22, 2018
Chuck Hunt - Register Editor , Faribault County Register

Will it ever end?

That is what Blue Earth and Faribault County residents are asking themselves as not one, but two big April snowstorms hit the area in the past week.

The first one started on Friday, April 13, as all day rain and thunderstorms hit the area.

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Just as the Blue Earth city crew got all the snow removed from the city streets after last weekend’s snow blizzard, the area was hit with another snowstorm on Wednesday, dumping more snow on the streets once again. The plows came back out Thursday morning.

That intro was followed by a snow blizzard which started at 8 a.m. Saturday and lasted all day and all day Sunday. By the time it was over, residents were digging out from under 14 to 16 inches of snow.

The storm caused numerous cancellations around the area, including a Blue Earth Area Foundation Gala Benefit which had been scheduled for Saturday night, then postponed to Sunday night, and then cancelled altogether.

The Faribault County Historical Society Omelet Brunch that was scheduled for last Sunday was also postponed and was rescheduled for Sunday, April 29.

After a Monday and Tuesday which saw a little bit of the snow melt away, round two hit when another storm dropped six to eight inches of snow on the area last Wednesday.

Schools were closed and again activities were called off, including another week's worth of high school sporting events. Some of the spring sports teams have yet to have had a contest.

Both storms caused treacherous driving conditions, with no travel advised all of last weekend. Wednesday's snowstorm also caused a serious two-vehicle accident outside of Blue Earth. Details are on page 3.

The storms bringing heavy amounts of snow in April are causing concerns for flooding, delay of spring planting for farmers and some economic impact on local businesses.

Local golf courses have already delayed opening once and may have to do it again.

The good news is that the weather forecast for this weekend and week are much better. Temperatures are expected to hit the 50s and even 60s.

Residents of the area are hoping that means winter is finally over, and spring is actually going to arrive, although a month late.

 
 

 

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