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Upper Midwest students get rare May snow day

Published On: May 02 2013 02:50:37 PM CDT
Updated On: May 02 2013 02:50:48 PM CDT
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MINNEAPOLIS -

Schoolchildren in Minnesota and Wisconsin are getting a rare May snow day after a storm dropped up to 16 inches of sticky snow on the Upper Midwest.

Bobbi Howe's two daughters had to stay home in the southeastern Minnesota city of Owatonna, where 15.5 inches of snow made it hard for the family to open their front door. Owatonna was one of dozens of school districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin that canceled classes.

The Twin Cities were supposed to be in the bulls-eye but escaped unscathed when the storm tracked farther east than forecast.

But more than 16 inches of snow fell on Ashland in far northwestern Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said that was a factor in a fatal crash between two semis on Interstate 94 near Menomonie.

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