Alberta Clipper drops most snow on northwestern Minnesota
GRAND FORKS -- The landscape of the northern Red River Valley changed in a day Tuesday from a prolonged autumn to a wintry scene as snow fell much of the day, covering the ground well for the first time this season.
The first day of meteorological winter couldn't have arrived more appropriately, as snowplows, snowblowers and sanding trucks were out, private ones and those owned by the city, county and state, for the first time this season.
The most snow hitting the region from the Alberta Clipper that swept out of western Canada was in northwestern Minnesota, where Roseau received 5.3 inches by 8 p.m., Baudette had 5 to 6 inches, and Greenbush and Warroad 5 inches, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorology student at UND interning at the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks.
Sarles, N.D., in Towner County, on the Canadian border, got 4.8 inches, the Pembina border crossing saw 2 to 3 inches and Grand Forks got 1 inch, Pearce said.
South of Grand Forks County, little snow fell.
That was all pretty close to what the weather service forecast Monday.
The snow, packed by traffic, slowed drivers and was expected to get worse as temperatures were expected to fall from around the freezing mark to the low 20s in the northern valley by this morning