MANKATO — Nipping at the heels of a springlike morning and early afternoon, the first significant winter storm of the season created treacherous travel conditions and caused some wind damage Monday evening into Tuesday.
The temperature dropped more than 40 degrees in 24 hours. The Mankato Regional Airport weather station recorded a high temperate of 59 degrees at 10 a.m. Monday compared to 17 degrees at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Snowfall totals reported to the National Weather Service included 3 inches north of Wells, 2 inches in Mankato and 1 inch in Eagle Lake and New Ulm.
Freezing rain coated area roads before snow fell, causing numerous reports of vehicles off the road but no serious injuries in the Mankato region.
Across the state the State Patrol responded to 565 crashes and 619 vehicles that spun out or went off the road between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.
Wind gusts of nearly 50 mph were recorded in Mankato and a 58 mph gust was recorded in New Ulm. The Mankato Department of Public Safety received a few storm damage reports, including a fallen piece of art on the Walking Sculpture Tour.