This weekend's 'spring' chore: Snow removal

  • Updated: April 20, 2013 - 1:55 PM

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Garden shovels will still have to wait while snow shovels do the work.

After Thursday and Friday’s storm, new snow measured 22 inches deep at Two Harbors and 18 at Duluth. The Twin Cities’ official total was 7.3 inches, but Elk River got 15 and Andover 11. The snow made this April the snowiest ever in Duluth and St. Cloud. The 14.1 inches in the Twin Cities is fourth on the list.

A metro cross-country skier even filed a report on the quality of ski trails in the streets, and kids returned to the sledding hill at French Regional Park on Friday.

While highways and urban streets dried out in Friday’s sun, snow melt caused a mudslide that closed Hwy. 169 near St. Peter just after 6 p.m.

Saturday will put a spotlight on the season’s transitions: After an expected overnight low of 17 degrees — which would be the first record-low temperature in the Twin Cities in nearly nine years — several hundred runners are expected to hit the snowy trails at Hyland Lake Park Reserve for the annual Trail Mix endurance run.

Saturday will bring sun and a high of 38 degrees to the Twin Cities, followed by several rainy days but temperatures heading toward 50 by midweek.

BILL McAULIFFE

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