NEW ULM - Schools opened briefly Monday morning, then closed as another winter storm swept over Southern Minnesota.
Cedar Mountain, which service the towns of Franklin and Morgan, became the first school to close at 8:30 a.m.
Most schools closed by noon. Related school events including ball games and concerts were postponed.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Karen Cottom shovels snow outside George’s Fine Steaks & Spirits at the Third North and Minnesota Street intersection Monday afternoon. New Ulm received 6.25 inches of snow on Monday, according to National Weather Observer Vic Roepke.
The National Weather Service (NWS) predicted 5-7 inches of snow would fall Monday and Monday night along and north of a line from Redwood Falls to Red Wing.
That prediction proved quite accurate. New Ulm received 6.25 inches of snow; Madelia reported 7.5; and St. James, 6 inches.
New Ulm Police reported some stalled trucks that were blocking traffic on Monday afternoon.
There were also reports of vehicles in ditches in the rural areas.
A Winter Weather Advisory remained into effect until midnight Monday.
The NWS advised motorists to use caution and be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility.
At 1:30 p.m. Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) advised no unnecessary travel in Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan counties due to heavy snow and reduced visibility.
Many crashes and spin-outs were reported in south central Minnesota.
No road closures were anticipated, but motorists were advised they may encounter temporary lane closures where crashes happen.
Early Monday afternoon, the State Patrol and emergency medical services responded to a multi-vehicle, injury crash on State Highway 19 near Winthrop, MnDOT reported.
The accident critically injured Lori K. Smith of Winthrop.
Difficult driving conditions were reported on Highway 19 from Fairfax east to New Prague with snow and ice on the road; on U.S. Highway 14 from Sanborn Corner east to Janesville; and on State Highway 15 from the Iowa border to Kimball.
Motorists were advised to check road conditions by calling 511 or visiting www.511mn.org.
A second weather system with potential for more accumulating snow was forecast for Thursday and Thursday night.
The NWS advised people with holiday travel plans to monitor the forecast as the system evolves.