Please, snow more! Record-setting blizzard hits Mitchell area hard

Florence Fletcher
April 17, 2018

The National Weather Service says at least 11 tornadoes traversed Arkansas over the weekend, and more could be confirmed in additional surveys. I spoke to them earlier today and they said due to the large scale of the damage and path of the storms it may take them until late in the day to have a full report.

However, a snow plow knocked down a power pole on US 2 near Hydraulic Falls Road in Iron Mountain about 9:45 a.m. Sunday, causing one electrical wire to fall to the ground and others to hang low over the road, Iron Mountain police and firefighters said.

The tornado reached speeds of 90 mph traveling more than six miles down Lakeland Road, starting at Jackson Prep and ending just past the Mill Creek subdivision north of Brandon.

The storm damaged a roof, a carport and trees in the area.

The St. Cloud area has gotten 62.7 inches of snow for the season, 17 inches above normal.

Duke Energy reported about 37,000 customers without power in North Carolina. Enbridge chose to shut down the twin pipelines until weather conditions improve in the Straits of Mackinac, which links Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, Duffy said.

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In Mitchell, snow plow crews made progress by clearing streets and roadways.

Mitchell also saw record-breaking lowest high temperature for April on Saturday of 29 degrees, 2 degrees cooler than the lowest high of 31 recorded in 1983, according to the National Weather Service.

About 200 Sunday flights have been canceled at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, where almost 13 inches (33 centimeters) of snow has fallen and where blizzard conditions on Saturday forced the cancellation of almost 470 flights.

On the bright side, the Minneapolis-St.

Metro Transit said on Sunday morning that trains are running on time.

Between 12:01 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Sunday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported 405 crashes, 51 of those involving injuries.

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