GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — A November storm system dumped as much as 10 inches of snow in parts of Minnesota, and whipped up damaging winds in Wisconsin where tens of thousands were left without power.
The Minnesota State Patrol handled hundreds of crashes and spinouts as snow piled up late Tuesday, but plows caught up and travel conditions improved. Still, troopers reported 77 crashes statewide between 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, one of them fatal and four involving injuries. Another 103 vehicles spun out or left the road, and six semis jackknifed.
The National Weather Service recorded 5.5 inches of snow at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, while Brainerd picked up the most snow with 10.1 inches.
In southern Wisconsin, a powerful line of storms generated at least two tornado warnings, but there were no immediate reports of touchdowns. At the height of the storms, nearly 40,000 We Energies customers were without power. Some 6,650 customers remained without service Wednesday morning.