Record Snow in Rochester and Twin Cities, Hundreds of Wrecks
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Snow records were set during Tuesday’s snow event in southeastern Minnesota.
Rochester’s total of 2.1 inches easily broke the previous record for October 20 ( half an inch in 1982). Totals in the Rochester area were in the 2- 4 inch range. Lake City reported 6 inches.
Southern areas of the Twin Cities metro received more than half a foot with totals generally in the 6 - 9 inch range. The official total for the Twin Cities was 7.9 inches, breaking the previous record of 3 inches. The National Weather Service also reports this was the highest snow total so early in the season.
The snow created challenging driving conditions and public safety officials were busy all day dealing with traffic mishaps. The Minnesota State Patrol reported nearly 350 crashes between 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM with 34 injuries. There were also 345 vehicle spinouts and 17 jackknifed semi-trucks.
The State Patrol tweeted this message during the snowstorm:
“Snow doesn’t cause crashes. Poor driving decisions cause crashes.”