The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 19, 2013

Snow what? Record or not, it was a lot

MANKATO — About 6 inches of snow fell in Mankato during the lastest spring storm after about 7 inches earlier this month, though it is curiously difficult to tell if a record has been broken.

State Climatology Office records going back to 1949 show a record April snowfall of 6.1 inches in 1962. But there are reasons to question that data, in part because there are no records during April 1983, when Waseca recorded 20 inches.

KEYC-TV Chief Meteorologist Mark Tarello said 12.5 inches of snow has fallen in Mankato this month.

The snowfall, record or not, sent 81 cars off highways in the 10 counties of the Mankato region from Thursday morning to about 10 a.m. Friday, the State Patrol reported. Six crashes caused an injury and 21 damaged property.

Most area school districts either started two hours late, as Mankato did, or canceled classes for the day.


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