A whale of a storm — but some like it

Staff photos by Clay Schuldt At least one pedestrian is enjoying the ongoing April blizzard. “I Love Snow” with a smiley face was traced on the window of Eleanor’s Thursday morning.

NEW ULM — New Ulm was hit by an ice storm Thursday morning. A mixture of snow and hail pelted the community around 7 a.m. and encased the city in a layer of ice and snow.

The worst of the storm was before noon, but a light drizzle continued throughout the day, creating slushy road conditions.

Area schools were closed for the day and several local businesses and organizations followed suit, including Wallgreens, Inspired, Sozial, Guten Tag Haus and the Public Library. Downtown Minnesota Street saw limited to no traffic throughout the day.

Bookshelves & Coffeecups was one of the few businesses still open. Pam Chamberlain said they very rarely close shop due to weather because they live just around the corner making the morning commute easy. Customer traffic at Bookshelves & Coffeecups was light, but a handful of visitors braved the weather.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, all major roads in Brown County were at least partially covered by snow. Driving conditions were worst west of Brown County. Travel on roads near Redwood Falls and Walnut Grove was not advised.

Temperatures held above freezing for most of Thursday. The National Weather Service predicted less than an inch of snow would fall by Friday.